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RSDC 2008 Day 2: Jazz Planning, Governance, Steak

No big product announcements today but a lot of deeper dives into each of the new tools I blogged about before. It’s my mission to grok Jazz and so I’m looking forward to a meeting with some of the Jazz team tomorrow after Sir Shat does the keynote. It’s great to have William Shatner as a warm up guy for my two talks tomorrow 😛

There are 6 new Jazz based tools, significant updates to five existing Rational tools that add Jazz capabilities and “plans for certified add-in products from 11 Rational partners”.

One particular session that stood out for me today was on agile planning with Rational Team Concert. There were lots of questions around planning details but what interested me were the implications outside of projects. A lot of the problems that I see in organisations are caused by issues with strategic management, linkage to tactical management, governance and portfolio & programme management. You can get really good at doing projects but if they’re the wrong projects and can’t be resourced decently there’s little point. With that in mind I think I may raise some change requests as work items at jazz.net since little issues like not being able to assign a work item to a pair can become big issues when aggregated up across projects to see where the time/money is being spent.

Today we gave out around 3000 IvarMan masks to the RSDC attendees in keeping with the superhero theme this year:

At the end of the day we got a bunch of foam missiles from another stand at the exhibition centre and had a small war with the bar staff opposite our stand 😀 It was a long day and a quiet 10 minutes 😀

I’m taking some of these things home for my eldest son! Finally to finish off the night we went to Shula’s most excellent steak restaurant. We declined to try and eat the 48 ounce steak and settled for some more reasonable chunks of perfectly cooked meat. Now it’s time for an early night in preparation for William Shatner’s guest speaking slot and my two talks tomorrow.


3 responses to “RSDC 2008 Day 2: Jazz Planning, Governance, Steak

  1. Sue Massey June 4, 2008 at 5:01 am

    Hi there,

    I looked over your blog and it looks really good. Do you ever do link exchanges on your blog roll? If you do, I’d like to exchange links with you.

    Let me know if you’re interested.


  2. LizM June 4, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Couldn’t agree more with your comments on a lot of project issues being external. When a head of portfolio says “all projects have equal priority” something’s very wrong, and its not a project fault.
    Glad yr enjoying the RDSC

  3. mikemacd June 5, 2008 at 8:11 am

    Yep, having a great time – best RSDC for years imo

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