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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 Art of ‘Ware: an invitation

February 25, 2008 10 Comments
The Art of ‘Ware: an invitation

I’m going to start posting on this web site maxims from The Art of ‘Ware (Version 2.0), which is a revision of my original book. I’m doing this for two reasons. First, I plan to use these postings to expand my own commentary on the maxims. Second, I am actively soliciting commentary on the maxims […]

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Why software developers should spend time in SQA

January 23, 2008 1 Comment
Why software developers should spend time in SQA

Last Monday morning, I spent a few hours helping out on a church service project, where we’re turning an unfinished basement of a single mother’s townhouse into a bedroom+bathroom for her daughter. At this point, the basement has been framed out and sheetrock hung. My first task on Monday was to take a damp sponge […]

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The Wetware Crisis: TEPES

January 10, 2008 14 Comments
The Wetware Crisis: TEPES

[Copyright 2008 by Bruce F. Webster. All rights reserved. Adapted from Surviving Complexity (forthcoming).] [Some edits and expansions made in 2018] In my forthcoming book, Surviving Complexity, the very first section is called “The Wetware Crisis”. This is a greatly expanded look at a problem that I first discussed in print twelve years ago in […]

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Book under development: The Art of ‘Ware (Version 2.0)

December 3, 2007 0 Comments
Book under development: The Art of ‘Ware (Version 2.0)

Over a decade ago, I wrote and published The Art of ‘Ware (M&T Books, 1995). The conceit of the book was simple: take Sun Tzu’s classic work The Art of War (Suntzu pingfa), written some 2500 years ago, and re-interpret it, maxim by maxim, for developing, deploying and marketing information technology (IT). Here’s an example: […]

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