Subversion presentation 
Tuesday, July 11, 2006, 12:04 AM
Tomorrow we will have a meeting of the Bulgarian SPIN group. Lately our focus is on discussing tools and their application to process improvement. This has been started since many of us found extremely hard to coop with some of the CMMI requirements on data. Prime example for this is maintaining bi-directional traceability in REQM at CL2.

Thus we made decision to review tools in use in the next few meetings. We are looking at tools for Requirements management, project management and not least configuration management.

I have used Subversion over the past one year and a half and found it to be very useful tool. It surpasses by far classic solutions as CVS and SourceSafe and indeed offer in one package all their features plus a great deal more.

So what is it that I liked in Subversion. First the ability to access repository over standard HTTP protocol, second is the versioning of the whole repository over versioning of individual files. The later has enormous impact on the way one works. Now change sets can easily be reviewed, operations that revert edits are easy, and last but not least commits are atomic.

To tell everyone my good feeling towards this tool I made short presentation that you can download as well Subversion presentation
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Picutes of Parade 
Sunday, May 7, 2006, 04:50 PM - Personal
6-th of May is a holiday of the Army here in Bulgaria, it is the day of St. George.

I were to the parade and took some quick picutres. Bad part is I still do not have a telephoto lens.

In the begingin there was speech by the president and lots of soldiers and yet more observers.

Then the parade was open by a helicopter.

... and several training planes..

... then some real figther jets, though a bit antiquated...

Then a lot of tanksand soldiers passed by ...

...and finally all packed and went back.
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Friday, March 24, 2006, 09:44 PM - Personal
Well it has been a while since my last post. So what is new.....

I have not done much new things on process related activities at least not remarkable enough to put here. But I bought a Digital SLR camera (Konica Minolta Dynax 5D). It is very nice camera.

I am learning now how to operate it and am taking lots of ugly pictures. Below is one of my best shots so far.

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Thursday, December 22, 2005, 04:00 PM - CMMI, CMMI Publications, Personal
My second article on CMMI is out in the IDG's CIO magazine. The article presents brief overview of the CMMI model and its two representations. It is not as technical as the article in InfoWeek, it basically presents the material from the first couple of chapters from the model.

The goal of the article is to introduce IT managers to the model and make them brake away form the level 1 to 5 mentality brought from CMM.

Here you can find scan of the article in Bulgarian.
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In the press... 
Thursday, November 10, 2005, 12:22 PM - CMMI, CMMI Implementation, CMMI Publications, Personal
I have recently decided to help make CMMI more popular in the industry here in Bulgaria. Most people have heard about processes, CMMI and things alike, but I think the culture is not here, yet.

I spoke to the editors of couple local publications to write some materials on CMMI, process improvement, PSP and related.

… and I got the first result.

Next Monday I am going to have my first article printed in InfoWeek, titled "About the benefits of implementing CMMI". The article is in Bulgarian, so it may not be easy for all web visitors to read. In summary it presents the challenges that many of the software organizations face like changing requirements, attrition… Then briefly explains what CMMI is and how it benefits software organizations. Finally I present an implementation approach based on SEI's studies on CMMI in small settings and the book "Making Process Improvement Work". The main points of the approach are:

1. Use continuous model to address the most acute pains and assure quick ROI. Use Capability Level 1 to remove immediate risks.

2. Rely on ISO 9001 for initial institutionalization, this will reduce cost and keep focus on the problems at hand

3. Focus on deployment and process adoption form the start, do not wait to have the perfect set of processes and then attempt to change people around them

4. Focus on measurement of business results, plan implementation and CMMI implementation progress

I hope the article will sparkle interest in the broader audience about CMMI. Up to now the awareness and will to adopt CMMI practices in Bulgaria had been primarily in software outsourcing companies, mainly due to external push for more mature process. However my recent observations show that most of the companies in Bulgaria employ least to say immature processes and often deliver poor results because of this. This is why my article focuses on result oriented CMMI implementation.

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