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Webster is Principal and Founder at at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor for the BYU Computer Science Department. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at 303.502.4141 or at bwebster@bfwa.com.

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Coping with the economic downturn

January 20, 2009 1 Comment
Coping with the economic downturn

I’m currently writing a series of columns for Baseline on how to deal with frozen or reduced IT budgets due to the current economic troubles. Here are the first two columns: Performing IT Project Triage Pulling the Plug on IT Project Next up: how to deal with personnel issues.  ..bruce..

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The dangers of technological predictions

January 7, 2009 0 Comments
The dangers of technological predictions

Ray Kurzweil is a very well-known techno-futurist whose main focus has been the coming of artificial sentience.  His 1999 book, The Age of Spiritual Machines, contains a series of chapters prediction computer technology in successive decades (2009, 2019, etc.). Well, we’re now entering 2009, and it’s worth looking at his 2009 predictions (hat tip to […]

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Systems doomed to fail: ULTra mass transit

December 29, 2008 1 Comment
Systems doomed to fail: ULTra mass transit

Over at Futurismic (one of my daily science blog reads) is this post about the ULTra light transit system.  The system is quite clever and takes a demand-based (vs. a schedule-based) approach to transit. But as you watch the accompanying video, ask yourself: why will the ULTra system likely never grow beyond small, custom installations […]

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Five books every IT manager should read…right now

November 20, 2008 0 Comments
Five books every IT manager should read…right now

My latest Baseline column  is up, and it talks about why you should read these five books now, if you haven’t already. And if you have read them, you should probably re-read them.  ..bruce..

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Is IT work true engineering or just plumbing?

November 18, 2008 8 Comments
Is IT work true engineering or just plumbing?

And I mean no disrespect to plumbers for that comment. Many states require plumbers to be licensed, unlike software engineers. I was reading the comment thread to this Slashdot post on the declining percentage of women studying computer science. All the explanations you would expect are offered, with a fair amount of point and counterpoint. […]

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