Buy a Bicycle for the Baby

Long gone are the days when you only had to go to your local shop (ok, 2-3 local shops) to browse and buy the best bicycle you could find. Now you have many online shops (yes, even Amazon has some options here), review sites and price comparison engines (no link here because this is really […]

An Ex-Ante Checklist

A while ago I had to deal with an ex-ante evaluation. One of the byproducts was a checklist. Here it is: Assessing the needs What is the current state of play? What do people think of it? How can it be improved? Defining objectives Are the objectives described in a clear, realistic manner? Are they […]

Handling Change Requests

As a project manager, I’m striving to improve the workflow for every stakeholder, in order to optimise their efficiency and involvement. Therefore, I devised a process for handling requests. The process The handling process is quite simple: Generate Request The Business Manager collects business requirements and electronically completes the Request For Change (RFC) form. Classify […]

Planning Permission in Belgium

When you build something, you will need to get a planning permission (most likely). Here are some links I’ve found: Planning permission info (Dutch – translated) Getting a planning permission (notaire.be) Planning permission (belgium.be) Planning permission (NL) Belgium is a bit of an odd ball when it comes to getting the permission. Walloons and Flemish […]

What Do You Do – Business Analysis

Here’s a definition of what business analysis actually means: Analyse and evaluate the organisation’s working procedures, working methods and business processes Capture the needs of the Commission services of IT systems to support procedures, methods and processes Simple, eh? HTH, A little experiment: If you find this post and ad below useful, please check the […]

What Do You Do – IT Support in Product Management

IT support in product management does exactly what it says on the tin: Organise technical support to the product users. Provide second level support in (domain of competence) to Agency’s IT teams Monitor the support services provided by external experts working in-house and by the product vendor. Test products and installation procedures. HTH, A little […]

What Do You Do – Product Lifecycle Management

Following tasks enter under Product Lyfecycle Management: Organise, manage, coordinate and supervise the implementation of IT-services and/or IT-projects at a central and/or local level, directly or by subcontracting; define, implement and/or supervise the ICT strategy, policies and procedures. Ensure consistency with current project management methodology (e.g. PM², PMI, Agile) Ensure a coherent informatics environment in […]

House: A Grand Project

And now, something different… We have decided relatively soon we want to build a house. We had several reasons for doing this in Belgium: Prices are high: Depending on area, prices are quite high; in a “good commune”, you easily reach 500k for a house and 300k for an apartment. Taxes are high: If you […]

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