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12 Things to Get Your Portal in Production Quickly: Wrap Up

Over the last 3 weeks Mike Porter and I have covered a number of topics to consider when trying to accelerate your speed to production for a portal project.  In case you missed any of the installments, here they are.  Good luck on your project! Previous Installments Dependency Management Ramp Your Resources Don’t Forget Your […]

12 Things to Get Your Portal in Production Quickly: Part 12 Use an Iterative Development Methodology

Mention of the word, “methodology” need not elicit groans.  Without a repeatable approach to projects it’s easy to miss key requirements, expectations, errors, etc.   So use a software developer methodology for your project. Which methodology to use? Frankly, I don’t care which methodology you use as long as it’s not a waterfall methodology.   I’ve been […]

12 Things to Get Your Portal to Production: Part 10 Change Management

Any project will have change.  No one project ever includes the entire scope or has complete buy in from all the stakeholders or goes off without some major issue.   That means you have to both budget for it and plan the process by which you will accept change. Step 1: Don’t be Afraid of It […]

12 Things You Can Do to Get Your Portal to Production Quickly: Part 7 – Use an Experienced Core Team

Use an Experienced Core Team Part 7 in our series is perhaps one of the most important: Use an Experienced Core Team.  “We have a bunch of smart people and they can figure this portal thing out” is a sure way to put your project in jeopardy.  I cannot stress enough how important having the […]

12 Things to get Your Portal in Production Quickly: Part 6 Foundation One Step at a Time

The value of a portal comes from the time saved in putting out new functionality.  It means getting to market more quickly with new products.  A portal should allow quicker turn around when the business requests a change or enhancement.  Because portal is loosely coupled and provides a lot of configurable services out of the […]

12 Things Not to Do on Your Portal Project: webinar

Yesterday I presented our 12 Things series as a webinar.  The presentation is the abbreviated version.   If you want to read the whole series you can look at the recap with all the links to each post here.  

12 Things You Shouldn’t Do on a Portal Project: Wrap UP

We have shown you a variety of ways in which you can screw up your portal project.  Glenn Kline and I had fun documenting them.  Of course, we had less fun living through them or consoling clients who were living through them but time heals all wounds and now we can laugh about it.  We’d […]

12 Things You Shouldn’t Do on a Portal Project: #12 Building My Own MVC

Here is the last in our series and it tells the story of an architect at a customer who felt that Java Server Faces, Spring MVC and Struts were not good enough so he designed and built a custom Model View Controller (MVC)  framework for development in WebSphere Portal. What Happened This particular company had […]

12 Things You Shouldn’t Do on a Portal Project: #11 Infinite Loops on the Homepage

It’s the fear of anyone who has launched a web site or an application that has any possibility at all of becoming well used.  What if your site can’t keep up with the load and the server crashes?  A crashing server due to resource overload can happen for a variety of reasons but today’s topic […]

12 Things You Shouldn’t Do on a Portal Project: #10 When Web 2.0 is 2.Much

Ajax is a good thing, right?    Well, not always. What Happened A financial company had a content based intranet and the implementer decided that absolutely everything should be done using Ajax.   The home page had about a dozen portlets on it.  Some were personalized but most simply displayed non personalized content which did not change […]

12 Things You Shouldn’t Do on a Portal Project: #9 When Not to Use a Portal

For all that I love portal and collaboration technology, I recognize there are time when you shouldn’t use it.  It can be heavy if it’s a one-off type application.  Portal can be difficult to implement if you are trying to recreate an entire application from scratch.  It can be really difficult and time consuming if […]

12 Things You Shouldn’t Do on a Portal Project: #8 When Developers Can’t Develop

The job of portal developers are to develop for portal, right?  But what happens when they can’t develop? What Happened A major insurance company had a portal administrator who was adamant that nobody other than him could touch any of the environments in any type of administrative capacity, even basic portal administrator in a development […]

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