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Fireflies, conveyor belts, and landfills

March 4, 2009 0 Comments
Fireflies, conveyor belts, and landfills

My newest Baseline column is up, and in it, I talk about technology lifecycles that can cause you grief: Each technology is on its own product lifecycle, which may or may not match with your organization’s business and development lifecycles. In particular, there are certain cycle mismatch patterns that commonly occur in organizations looking to […]

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The thermocline of innovation (NASA, again)

January 30, 2009 2 Comments
The thermocline of innovation (NASA, again)

I have written about the thermocline of truth, a phenomenon I have witnessed several times in large IT projects where the true status of the project (usually not good) gets blocked at a certain layer of management, slowly moving up the management chain and usually reaching the top just weeks before the scheduled release date.  […]

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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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Two new columns up at Baseline

September 24, 2008 0 Comments
Two new columns up at Baseline

Obviously, I’ve been slow in posting here, since I’ve had two new columns go up at Baseline since I last posted. The first column, “Second Class Software Quality for Major IT Projects”, talks about the curious fact that organizations are willing to spend millions, tens of millions, even hundred of millions of dollars on major […]

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Tradeoffs on buy vs. build

August 29, 2008 2 Comments
Tradeoffs on buy vs. build

My newest Baseline column is up, talking about the dilemma faced in deciding whether to acquire software or build it yourself: The other day, an IT colleague of mine mentioned a conflict at a corporation where he’s working. The corporation has a mission-critical application deployed across a large number of workstations. The set of corporate […]

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