Sunday, 20 October 2013

5 Weird ways to make you successful

Thing is, during anyone’s career, sometimes it gets weird—and getting weird can .......................

(Warning: these practices may work for some people, but we take no responsibility for the strangeness that may cause in your life. Although, as a lifelong advocate of eccentricity, I encourage you to try them on.)


to steel your team’s beliefs. “In business you can’t turn over the reins to someone who doesn’t know how to defend their own ideas and plans,” Like an ancient Sophist, you should argue with your colleagues about what they are thinking and doing. Debate forces them to articulate their own motivations and assumptions and do the same for you.


You need to be ready to call someone out. If somebody is bullshitting you, tell them. They need to hear it. Being endlessly deferential is a shortcut: instead of doing the hard work of advocating truth, you take the “easy” route of suffocating in passivity. And remember: you can train yourself to communicate better.

Be ruthless:

It’s healthy to have high standards. Mastery is uncompromising. As a Production Director once told me, you have to be willing to be great, which requires ruthlessness.

Seek out rejection:

Some people go their entire lives having never thrown or taken a punch. It’s just a punch. Some people live their lives afraid of rejection. Getting told “no” isn’t the end of everything you hold dear. Neither is being left out. In fact, it’s healthy.

Isolate yourself:

Yes, we know that you’re incredibly popular and hip and you never eat alone and you can work any room. That’s great. But if you ever want to grow internally rather than court external validation, you need to get away from all the people. Reflect. Care for your inner introvert.


The Strategy Book

These are just and handful of the highlights from my reading. You could view these as…


  1. Get perspective before you plan. “If you start the planning before thinking, you can end up with the wrong solution to the right problem. Or perhaps the right solution to the wrong problem.”
  2. Strategy isn’t just about planning. “Successful organizations try to have a healthy balance between thinking, planning and doing.”
  3. You’ll certainly experience uncertainty. “You can’t wait for uncertainty to disappear but you can choose to create certainty of purpose and direction.”
  4. Don’t wait for perfect. “The important thing is to be able to clarify the situation so that the best (not perfect) decision can be made.”
  5. It’s dangerous to focus only on getter better at what you currently do. “Getting the day-to-day work done may turn out to be a lot less important to you and your company [or church] than it seems today. There may be dangers in the bigger picture that will make what you are doing a waste of time.”
  6. Strategy is a continuous process, not a one-time event. “Strategy isn’t something you do once and then follow forever. If you want to grow you’re going to need to keep looking at your strategy to see if still fits. And event if it fits you’ll need to figure out new actions that keep the strategy working as you grow.”
  7. Some disunity is good. “You need just enough disunity for progress — too much unity and there are no new ideas, no criticism and no improvement; too much disunity and there is never any action because people can’t agree for long enough to get anything done.”
  8. Yesterday’s solutions could create tomorrow’s problems. “It is easy to assume that whatever you did to solve the last growth problem will be the answer to solving the next growth problem. The reverse is often true. For example, the challenges of growth require structure and process, but the challenges of structure require creativity and autonomy.”
  9. Strategy should involve all teams and functions. “Ideally, the strategy process should engage the hearts and minds of the whole company continually throughout the year.”
  10. Invest in outside facilitation. “Consider investing in expert facilitation. It’s worth paying for people who know what they are doing. This is the future of the business [or church] and so should be valuable.” // Amen!
  11. Strategy is pointless without action. “You need to be able to translate your strategy into actions, tasks and projects.”

 I recently finished reading The Strategy Book by Max McKeown. Max is an author, consultant and speaker. He has an MBA and a PhD from the Warwick Business School

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Oracle AIM

The Oracle Application Implementation Methodology (AIM) is a proven approach for implementation of Oracle Applications across business domains. This approach has been developed by oracle in constant collaboration within its partner network.
According to Oracle "AIM provides the tools needed to effectively and efficiently plan, conduct, and control project steps to successfully implement new business systems."
The AIM is delivered in the form of a software bundle that packages the various document templates, which have been identified as deliverables under the AIM approach. These are in the form of easily editable Microsoft documents like word, excel and map documents.
The Software is currently available only to Oracle Partners through the Oracle Partner Network (OPN). The software installation itself is quite simple and gets running within a few clicks.
The A.I.M. methodology can actually be used for any type IT software implementations however the value of A.I.M is within the documentation template. The software includes the documentation templates, manuals and an html website to manage these templates.

Deliverables of AIM are as follows:
Business Process Architecture (BP)
BP.010 Define Business and Process Strategy
BP.020 Catalog and Analyze Potential Changes
BP.030 Determine Data Gathering Requirements
BP.040 Develop Current Process Model
BP.050 Review Leading Practices
BP.060 Develop High-Level Process Vision
BP.070 Develop High-Level Process Design
BP.080 Develop Future Process Model
BP.090 Document Business Procedure

Business Requirements Definition (RD)
RD.010 Identify Current Financial and Operating Structure
RD.020 Conduct Current Business Baseline
RD.030 Establish Process and Mapping Summary
RD.040 Gather Business Volumes and Metrics
RD.050 Gather Business Requirements
RD.060 Determine Audit and Control Requirements
RD.070 Identify Business Availability Requirements
RD.080 Identify Reporting and Information Access Requirements

Business Requirements Mapping (BR)
BR.010 Analyze High-Level Gaps
BR.020 Prepare mapping environment
BR.030 Map Business requirements
BR.040 Map Business Data
BR.050 Conduct Integration Fit Analysis
BR.060 Create Information Model
BR.070 Create Reporting Fit Analysis
BR.080 Test Business Solutions
BR.090 Confirm Integrated Business Solutions
BR.100 Define Applications Setup
BR.110 Define security Profiles

Application and Technical Architecture (TA)
TA.010 Define Architecture Requirements and Strategy
TA.020 Identify Current Technical Architecture
TA.030 Develop Preliminary Conceptual Architecture
TA.040 Define Application Architecture
TA.050 Define System Availability Strategy
TA.060 Define Reporting and Information Access Strategy
TA.070 Revise Conceptual Architecture
TA.080 Define Application Security Architecture
TA.090 Define Application and Database Server Architecture
TA.100 Define and Propose Architecture Subsystems
TA.110 Define System Capacity Plan
TA.120 Define Platform and Network Architecture
TA.130 Define Application Deployment Plan
TA.140 Assess Performance Risks
TA.150 Define System Management Procedures

Module Design and Build (MD)
MD.010 Define Application Extension Strategy
MD.020 Define and estimate application extensions
MD.030 Define design standards
MD.040 Define Build Standards
MD.050 Create Application extensions functional design
MD.060 Design Database extensions
MD.070 Create Application extensions technical design
MD.080 Review functional and Technical designs
MD.090 Prepare Development environment
MD.100 Create Database extensions
MD.110 Create Application extension modules
MD.120 Create Installation routines

Data Conversion (CV)
CV.010 Define data conversion requirements and strategy
CV.020 Define Conversion standards
CV.030 Prepare conversion environment
CV.040 Perform conversion data mapping
CV.050 Define manual conversion procedures
CV.060 Design conversion programs
CV.070 Prepare conversion test plans
CV.080 Develop conversion programs
CV.090 Perform conversion unit tests
CV.100 Perform conversion business objects
CV.110 Perform conversion validation tests
CV.120 Install conversion programs
CV.130 Convert and verify data

Documentation (DO)
DO.010 Define documentation requirements and strategy
DO.020 Define Documentation standards and procedures
DO.030 Prepare glossary
DO.040 Prepare documentation environment
DO.050 Produce documentation prototypes and templates
DO.060 Publish user reference manual
DO.070 Publish user guide
DO.080 Publish technical reference manual
DO.090 Publish system management guide

Business System Testing (TE)
TE.010 Define testing requirements and strategy
TE.020 Develop unit test script
TE.030 Develop link test script
TE.040 Develop system test script
TE.050 Develop systems integration test script
TE.060 Prepare testing environments
TE.070 Perform unit test
TE.080 Perform link test
TE.090 perform installation test
TE.100 Prepare key users for testing
TE.110 Perform system test
TE.120 Perform systems integration test
TE.130 Perform Acceptance test

Performance Testing (PT)
PT.010 – Define Performance Testing Strategy
PT.020 – Identify Performance Test Scenarios
PT.030 – Identify Performance Test Transaction
PT.040 – Create Performance Test Scripts
PT.050 – Design Performance Test Transaction Programs
PT.060 – Design Performance Test Data
PT.070 – Design Test Database Load Programs
PT.080 – Create Performance Test Transaction Programs
PT.090 – Create Test Database Load Programs
PT.100 – Construct Performance Test Database
PT.110 – Prepare Performance Test Environment
PT.120 – Execute Performance Test

Adoption and Learning (AP) or User Training
AP.010 – Define Executive Project Strategy
AP.020 – Conduct Initial Project Team Orientation
AP.030 – Develop Project Team Learning Plan
AP.040 – Prepare Project Team Learning Environment
AP.050 – Conduct Project Team Learning Events
AP.060 – Develop Business Unit Managers’ Readiness Plan
AP.070 – Develop Project Readiness Roadmap
AP.080 – Develop and Execute Communication Campaign
AP.090 – Develop Managers’ Readiness Plan
AP.100 – Identify Business Process Impact on Organization
AP.110 – Align Human Performance Support Systems
AP.120 – Align Information Technology Groups
AP.130 – Conduct User Learning Needs Analysis
AP.140 – Develop User Learning Plan
AP.150 – Develop User Learning ware
AP.160 – Prepare User Learning Environment
AP.170 – Conduct User Learning Events
AP.180 – Conduct Effectiveness Assessment

Production Migration (PM)
PM.010 – Define Transition Strategy
PM.020 – Design Production Support Infrastructure
PM.030 – Develop Transition and Contingency Plan
PM.040 – Prepare Production Environment
PM.050 – Set Up Applications
PM.060 – Implement Production Support Infrastructure
PM.070 – Verify Production Readiness
PM.080 – Begin Production
PM.090 – Measure System Performance
PM.100 – Maintain System
PM.110 – Refine Production System
PM.120 – Decommission Former Systems
PM.130 – Propose Future Business Direction
PM.140 – Propose Future Technical Direction

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