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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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The decline in computer science students (part 2)

June 24, 2008 1 Comment
The decline in computer science students (part 2)

I previously discussed the up-and-down cycle of college enrollment in computer science and related fields. More accurately put, there have been two large peaks in computer science enrollment: one in the mid- to late 1980s (which happens to be when I was teaching CS at Brigham Young University) and another right around the turn of […]

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Issue: metrics for tester productivity?

June 20, 2008 3 Comments
Issue: metrics for tester productivity?

In response to my Baseline columns on metrics (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3), I received the following e-mail: I read your column with great interest as I’m involved on an IT project to measure productivity. May I ask you a quick question? Are there any mature metrics that can measure tester productivity improvement month by month […]

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