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Michael Mah

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Michael Mah is a Senior Consultant with Cutter Consortium's Agile Product & Project Management practice. His specialty is software measurement, project estimation, and "in-flight" control for inhouse and outsourced/offshore development. Read more ...

Feb 042008
 

I’m a storyteller by heart, which is why I so enjoy the work that I do. Not only my own stories, but exciting stories about what other people have experienced in life and work, which I’ve been privileged to share with them as a consultant. My last Cutter webinar was about telling stories from 5 companies implementing Agile methods. Two in particular achieved remarkable results from their work; they are Follett Software in McHenry IL and BMC Software in Austin TX. That webinar along with another that I delivered on industry productivity patterns was among the highest attended in the Cutter series. My sense is that it’s because both contained really interesting stories. On Thursday Read more

Jan 162008
 

If agile methods are to go mainstream, it might be when their popularity and legitimacy reach a tipping point. An example that this could be happening is a recent New York Times article called ” Google Gets Ready to Rumble With Microsoft” (16 December 2007), which Cutter colleague Ken Orr wrote about in a Cutter Trends Advisor titled”Velocity Matters: Google, Microsoft, and Hyper-Agility, Part 1” (20 December 2007). The articles are about Google going after Microsoft’s customer base using something called its “cloud” computing framework. But Ken’s interpretation of the Google-Microsoft confrontation emphasizes the time-to-market advantages that Google’s software development lifecycle has over Microsoft’s. Google is apparently practicing a more agile, iterative-style approach (sometimes quarterly) Read more

Nov 142007
 

…because I just finished a walkthrough with Anne Mullaney on a special Cutter webinar that we’re running Thu Nov 15th at 11:30 am – 12:30 pm entitled, “Compared to What? A Look at Application Development Metrics”. I was thrilled at the preview of the webinar look and feel.  We’re going to feature highlights of IT industry observations being published in our newly released “Cutter Benchmark Almanac, Application Development Series 2007-2008.” This research report is the result of an exciting collaboration between Cutter and QSM, combining QSM’s leading edge research on the software industry PLUS analysis by Cutter authors on topics like agile methods, risk management, software testing, outsourcing, and project estimation. These authors include [yours Read more

Oct 052007
 
Cutter Latin America - IT in Mexico is Alive and Well...

Whew! I just returned from a 2 city tour in Monterrey Mexico and Mexico City. It was a fantastic week teaching negotiation techniques for IT, to a diverse and energetic group of managers, executives, and CIOs in Mexico, provided by the Cutter Consortium Latin America. I’ve written about the experience at my blog at www.optimalfriction.com, but decided to post it here as well for our Cutter community. The event was part of a “Strategic IT Training Cycle” — 6 workshops conducted by the Cutter Consortium Latin America on issues that IT executives must be aware of in order to make IT a strategic resource for the organization. Cutter Consortium framed these workshops as critical skills Read more