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October 2014

Debunking the Myths of Agile Documentation

By Mike Fernandez, Plaster Group Consultant Introduction Agile methodologies hold a lot of promise for increasing the business value of software development in a fast and nimble fashion. An important contributor to this promise, per the Agile Manifesto, is of value placed on working software over comprehensive documentation.  Rather than spending excessive time trying to create perfect and all too often encyclopedic requirements and specifications, the Agile team seeks to create the amount and level of documentation that truly provides value to their organization.  This approach keeps an Agile development team and the business closely aligned and communicating in a timely manner. But what happens when the project ends, the project team disperses, and the application and user base is transitioned to Training, Support, Operations and Sustainment?  How do you ensure the information is captured for a successful knowledge transfer now or in the future?

Case Study: Maintaining System Metadata and Version History with SharePoint APIs

Utilizing SharePoint technology results in a familiar tool that meets our client’s precise needs at a greatly reduced cost By Plaster Group’s Business Solutions Team Challenge In order to meet the needs of their team’s new goals and objectives, our client designed a new SharePoint site to store and manage their files. However, their legacy site contained all of their existing documents and files which needed to be retained and migrated to the team’s new site. Custom metadata fields, version data, and all default system information fields from the old site also needed to be migrated which is not possible using out-of-the-box SharePoint functionality. The client purchased and implemented a third party product to do these things, but when deployed, it didn’t meet all of the requirements. Enhancing the performance of this third party product would require a lot of configuration, and, consequently, substantial time and additional funds. With a deadline approaching, our client needed a way to migrate the content with version data and metadata intact before their project timeline ran out. Plaster Group’s SharePoint consultants were tasked with either fixing the performance issues of the third party product, or crafting a solution with other in-house technologies capable of migrating our client’s content while maintaining metadata and all version information.

October 7 TDWI Event: Data Driven Decision Making with Indeed

Plaster Group is again looking forward to sponsoring our local Seattle chapter of the The Datawarehousing Institute this coming Tuesday, October 7th. This event features the topic “Data Driven Decision Making.” Douglas Gray (Sr. VP Engineering) and Chris Hyams (SVP Product and International Strategy) of Indeed, the #1 job site worldwide, will share how Indeed captures and integrates data into its business decisions effectively. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to discuss and learn about topics in Business Intelligence while meeting other local professionals. This event will be take place Tuesday, October 7th from 5:30 until 7:30 at Group Health Headquarters located at 320 Westlake Ave. N. For more information and to register for this event to attend, visit TDWI’s event page here!