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CS 428 (Fall Semester, 9/11): Lecture on The Mythical Man-Month (Brooks), Chapters 1, 2, 4, 5

September 14, 2017 0 Comments
CS 428 (Fall Semester, 9/11): Lecture on <i>The Mythical Man-Month</i> (Brooks), Chapters 1, 2, 4, 5

OK, it’s a bit embarrassing to realize it’s been nine months since I last posted here. But a new semester has started, and with it, my lectures on software engineering for CS 428 (at Brigham Young University). Here’s my lecture from the first class, covering chapters 1, 2, 4 and 5 of The Mythical Man-Month […]

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Link to post: how Nokia missed the smartphone boat

October 10, 2013 1 Comment
Link to post: how Nokia missed the smartphone boat

Again, via John Gruber at Daring Fireball, comes this story from a Norwegian journalist who wrote a letter of complaint to Nokia in 2008 about his new Nokia smartphone. An excerpt from his letter: Telephones – like all other devices – need to be designed on the terms of the simplest user. All of the […]

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Remember Conway’s Law

October 8, 2013 11 Comments
Remember Conway’s Law

Some years ago, I was called in to lead a team of three other people in reviewing a major project at a Fortune 50 corporation. This project, which I’ll call QUBE, was a major end-to-end re-engineering of that firm’s mission-critical systems, intended to replace all the existing legacy systems. The QUBE project was supposed to […]

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Link to post: Why Apple’s 64-bit CPU in the iPhone 5S matters

October 3, 2013 0 Comments
Link to post: Why Apple’s 64-bit CPU in the iPhone 5S matters

Via the always informative Daring Fireball comes a link to this post by Mike Ash explaining the performance implications of Apple’s new 64-bit A7 CPU in its iPhone 5S (and, I sincerely hope, in its next generation iPads, since my battered iPad 2 is due to be replaced soon). One major key is the set […]

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Controlling IT Costs: Using a Maintenance Architect

July 22, 2013 0 Comments
Controlling IT Costs: Using a Maintenance Architect

Software rots over time. Of course, it doesn’t literally decompose, but it often becomes fragile, harder to support and more likely to break when something else in the enterprise’s IT environment changes—another application, the hosting platform and operating system, a third-party product with which it communicates, a database schema. When a defect is fixed, or […]

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