How to Manage When You Know You’re Going to Fail
Every so often, even the best manager is given a task which they
know they cannot complete within the stated expectations. In some
cases, this can even be an entire project. In this talk, industry
veteran Stephen McHenry discusses how a manager ends up in such
a situation, and how to best manage their way out of it.
What they don’t tell you about Business Continuity Planning
and Disaster Recovery
Every IT department faces challenges to its continued smooth operation,
but, none is so critical as a catastrophic disaster. Electronic
security threats and 9/11, combined with the importance of IT to
business operations, have raised business continuity planning and
disaster recovery to a new level of importance for the organization.
In this talk, industry veteran and CISSP Stephen McHenry discusses
what is necessary for business continuity planning and disaster
recovery in a post 9/11 world.
Challenges in Wireless Technology
Wireless technology is here to stay. It is one of the few things
that have been “pulled” into operation by users, with
IT kicking and screaming all the way. But, there are new challenges
to this technology, ranging from propagation delays to serious security
concerns. Having installed wireless networks in three companies
and operating an ISP with no wired connection to the internet, industry
veteran Stephen McHenry has gained experience in all facets of wireless
deployment. In this talk, he discusses the specifics that make deploying
wireless networks more challenging, the security risks associated
with them, and how to secure your wireless network.
It’s choking your systems – here’s how to choke
Once, email was a valued communication between business colleagues
or close friends. The messages in your inbox were some of the most
important communiqués of your day. Now, you open your inbox
and it is filled with junk – offers for organ enlargement,
porn sites, cheap prescriptions, scams, and more. And, spammers
are finding more ingenious ways of spreading their message. It truly
is the new arms race, with the stakes escalating every day. In this
talk, industry veteran Stephen McHenry shows the techniques used
by spammers to gather addresses and send unwanted email. He also
covers – in detail – what can be done to stop the flood.
There are numerous types of team organizations. We have teams
in many areas, including sports. In sports, each team is organized
in a way that maximizes the potential success of the group. However,
in software, significantly less attention is given to the organization
of the team. In this talk, industry veteran Stephen McHenry discusses
the various team organizations and how they affect the potential
of an engineering effort, from new product development to finding
a critical bug at a customer site.
Best Practices in Scheduling and Estimating
At the heart of every software project is a schedule. The entire
project (ultimately ) lives and/or dies by the schedule. Yet, estimating
and scheduling is one of the biggest black arts in software development.
Get it right and no one even thinks twice. Get it wrong, and the
results could be project cancellation and even layoff of the entire
project team. In this talk, industry veteran Stephen McHenry discusses
what it takes to accurately estimate a software project, and how
to keep it on schedule as it progresses.
The 10 Best Ways to Kill Your Project
Everyone knows one or two, but in this (tongue-in-cheek) talk,
industry veteran Stephen McHenry presents the 10 best ways to kill
any software development effort, regardless of your organization.
Of course, if you’d prefer success, you should avoid all the
things mentioned here.