e-Talk Radio: Davis, Alan, 8 March 2001

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now, we have Howard Rubin, Johanna Rothman, Esther Derby, Ed Yourdon, and a number of other shows. So, if you've missed those in the past, go out to StickyMinds.com, take a look for yourself. Next weeks' show we have Jim Highsmith, who is with Information Architects, and he is one of the authors of Adaptive Software Development: Lightweight Methods for the New Millennium. And he's going to be talking about lightweight methods; what's new in the environment, what should we be looking for as far as methodologies in developing software. He has also recently become part of something that is quite exciting called the Manifesto for Agile Software Development. And in the Manifesto it says, "We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it, and we value individual's interactions." And the people that have joined in this are Ward Cunningham, Martin Fowler, Alistair Cockburn, Kent Beck, James Grenning, Jim Highsmith, Andrew Hunt, and a lot of the people that are associated typically with extreme programming in the newer development methods. So, I'd like to ask you to join us and be part of our listening audience next week with Jim Highsmith. The week after we will have Stan McGee and Peter Voldner, who will talk to us in layperson's terms about ISO standards. How can you choose process standards that will work with your organizations in non-technical terms. So, I'm quite excited to have Stan McGee and Peter Voldner coming on our show with us.

Now, we're looking for a new home starting on April 4. We may be at a new location, but you'll still be able to pick up our program by going to www.qualityplustech.com or by going out to www.stickyminds.com. And I'd like to promote some training that my company is having. We are going to be having Function Point Analysis for Web-based Software, Function Point Validation, Function Point Basics, and our newest course which is offered in conjunction with the Department of Defense, Practical Software Measurement. Those are going to be offered in MacLean, Virginia; Chicago, Illinois; and Seattle, Washington, over April, May and June. So, go off onto our Web site, take a look at the public training, and you'll see the dates and registration forms to sign up.

Alan, this has been wonderful. I'd like to give you the opportunity to give out your Web site and a 30-second, "What would you like to leave our audience with?"

ALAN: Okay. Thanks, Carol. First, it was a pleasure working with you this hour.

CAROL: Thank you.

ALAN: Our Web site, where you can learn more about requirements management in Internet time, and about tools and services available from my company is: www.omni-vista.com. And my final words to the people out there are these: Make sure you write your requirements down, make sure you learn what your customer's needs are, and make sure you pick the right set of requirements that enable you to actually meet your schedules and your budgets, and be more successful in the future.

CAROL: Thank you very much. We appreciate your time. And I appreciate all of you who are listening. Tell your friends we'd like to build our listening audience. And, until next week when we e-Talk some more, this is Carol Dekkers signing off. Have a wonderful week.

Copyright 2001 Quality Plus Technologies and Carol Dekkers. All rights reserved.

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