5:00 Speaker: Susan Gantner (Partner400)
Susan's career has spanned over 24 years in the field of application development. She began as a programmer developing applications for corporations in Atlanta, Georgia, working with a variety of hardware and software platforms. She joined IBM in 1985 and quickly developed a close association with the Rochester laboratory during the development of the AS/400 system.
Susan worked in Rochester, Minnesota for 5 years in the AS/400 Technical Support Center. She later moved to the IBM Toronto Software Laboratory to provide technical support for programming languages and AD tools on the AS/400.
Susan left IBM in 1999 to devote more time to teaching and consulting.Her primary emphasis is on enabling customers to take advantage of the latest programming and database technologies on OS/400. Susan is a regular speaker at COMMON conferences and other technical conferences around the world and holds a number of Speaker Excellence medals from COMMON.
Topic: More Favourite Things about RSE (aka RDi)
Perhaps you have seen Susan's "My Favourite Things about RSE" session at a past TUG TEC or another conference. This time she'll be focusing on a few of the lesser-known features .....
7:00 Speaker: Jon Paris (Partner400)
Jon's IBM midrange career started when he fell in love with the System/38 while working as a consultant. This love affair ultimately led him to joining IBM. In 1987, Jon was hired by the IBM Toronto Laboratory to work on the S/36 and S/38 COBOL compilers. Subsequently Jon became involved with the AS/400 and in particular COBOL/400.>
In early 1989 Jon was transferred to the Languages Architecture and Planning Group, with particular responsibility for the COBOL and RPG languages. There he played a major role in the definition of the new RPG IV language and in promoting its use with IBM Business Partners and Users. He was also heavily involved in producing educational and other support materials and services related to other AS/400 programming languages and development tools, such as CODE/400 and VisualAge for RPG.
Jon left IBM in 1998 to focus on developing and delivering education focused on enhancing AS/400 and iSeries application development skills. Jon is a frequent speaker at User Groups meetings and conferences around the world, and holds a number of speaker excellence awards from COMMON.
Topic: Generating XML with RPG
More and more RPG shops are finding that XML is playing an increasing role in their data interchange operations. In this session we will introduce you to the basics of XML syntax......
Identify project risks by listening every day
By Debbie Gallagher
There are plenty of resources available on project risk management. It’s an important topic. After all, if you mismanage risks, your project could run late, go over budget, fail to deliver its benefits, or fail to be completed at all.
The topic of project risk management is often treated academically. Try reading most books, articles, or blogs on the subject and you are quickly submerged in frameworks, assessments, protocols, Black Swan theory, and Monte Carlo simulation.
There is also some practical advice about holding an initial risk assessment meeting at the outset and again during the project, so risks can be logged and monitored.
Unfortunately, there are also things that happen that team members don’t really recognize as project risks, as they are situations that happen all the time and assumed to be ‘just the way it is’.
Identify risks by listening
In any kind of project meeting or casual discussion, risks can be identified. Here are several examples I’ve heard at different times, and how I heard about them:
The risks noted above did not come up in official risk identification meetings, but instead came up in other unrelated discussions.
Managing the risks
Let’s look at risk mitigation ideas for the first few risk examples:
As you can see, once the risk is identified, it’s possible to come up with ideas on how to mitigate that risk.
Ask yourself every day: Did I hear something today that might suggest there’s a risk we aren’t managing?
Debbie Gallagher is a project manager and business analyst.
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