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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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The decline in computer science students (part 1)

March 5, 2008 3 Comments
The decline in computer science students (part 1)

When I gradated with my BS in computer science from Brigham Young University in 1978, we had roughly 120 undergraduate students in the CS program. When I came back to teach in 1985 — just seven years later — there were over 1,000 undergraduate students in the program, and you actually had to apply to […]

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The Art of ‘Ware (V 2.0, maxim 1:4): misdirection and stealth

February 28, 2008 0 Comments
The Art of ‘Ware (V 2.0, maxim 1:4): misdirection and stealth

[From The Art of ‘Ware (Version 2.0) by Bruce F. Webster (forthcoming), Chapter 1, “Starting Out”] Successful product development required stealth and misdirection. Hide your strengths at first and appear to be weak; when actively developing, show no signs. Any concept, once viewed, can be imitated, in appearance if not in fact. There is a […]

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The Art of ‘Ware (V 2.0, maxim 1:3): preparing a company for success

February 27, 2008 0 Comments
The Art of ‘Ware (V 2.0, maxim 1:3): preparing a company for success

[From The Art of ‘Ware (Version 2.0) by Bruce F. Webster (forthcoming), Chapter 1, “Starting Out”] By answering these seven questions, you can judge ahead of time how well the company will succeed: Does the board of directors have Tao?1 The common image is that the directors are only interested in the bottom line. But […]

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The Art of ‘Ware (V 2.0, maxim 1:2): factors for success

February 26, 2008 0 Comments
The Art of ‘Ware (V 2.0, maxim 1:2): factors for success

[From The Art of ‘Ware (Version 2.0) by Bruce F. Webster (forthcoming), Chapter 1, “Starting Out”] These factors govern the success of the company: Tao; the economy; the marketplace; leadership; management. Tao means running the company so that all the employees share the same vision of success.1 “Tao” (literally, “the Way”) is probably the most […]

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The Art of ‘Ware (V 2.0, maxim 1:1): product development

February 25, 2008 0 Comments
The Art of ‘Ware (V 2.0, maxim 1:1): product development

[From The Art of ‘Ware (Version 2.0) by Bruce F. Webster (forthcoming), Chapter 1, “Starting Out”] Product development is vital to the company: it defines the landscape of success and failure, the road to growth or collapse. It must be thoroughly studied.1 Every company has a product: that which it produces, sells, or exchanges. The […]

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