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The dangers of a successful IT project

August 7, 2008 1 Comment
The dangers of a successful IT project

My latest Baseline column talks about the risks that follow a successful IT project: But sometimes with projects that really shouldn’t succeed—that are attempting too much, too fast, with too many risks—enough things go right, particularly along the critical paths, enough superhuman effort is made by those involved, so that the project does indeed go […]

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New column up: distributed development (part 2)

July 17, 2008 0 Comments
New column up: distributed development (part 2)

My latest Baseline column is up, discussing how to make a distributed software development project work.  ..bruce..

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Remembering Ashton’s Law

July 10, 2008 2 Comments
Remembering Ashton’s Law

The very first class I took when starting my computer science degree from Brigham Young University was CS 131. I forget the course title, but the teacher was Dr. Alan Ashton, a quiet, self-effacing but brilliant professor who would later become very, very rich by developing — along with Bruce Bastian (with whom I shared […]

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Latest column up: problems with distributed development

July 7, 2008 3 Comments
Latest column up: problems with distributed development

Sorry I haven’t posted much lately; I actually have a few posts in draft status, but I’m currently in Dallas, pouring over hundreds of pages of source code listings (Z8 assembler, anyone?) and haven’t had a chance to finish up any of them. In the meantime, here’s my latest Baseline column on the challenges of […]

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Gender differences in coding styles?

June 9, 2008 2 Comments
Gender differences in coding styles?

In my earlier post on the “thermocline of truth“, I wrote: Second, IT engineers by nature tend to be optimists, as reflected in the common acronym SMOP: “simple matter of programming.” Even when an IT engineer doesn’t have a given subsystem completed, he tends to carry with him the notion that he whip everything into […]

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