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The Wetware Crisis: the Dead Sea effect

April 11, 2008 99 Comments
The Wetware Crisis: the Dead Sea effect

[Updated (09/12/13): Fixed or removed some broken links; updated some others.] [Updated (06/16/08): Here’s a real-world project review memo, written several years ago, that described (among many other things) the Dead Sea effect.] [Note: some of you have asked about the Cutter IT Journal article that Ruby Raley and I wrote. It’s now online here […]

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The Art of ‘Ware (V 2.0, maxim 2:6): managing resources and talent

April 4, 2008 0 Comments
The Art of ‘Ware (V 2.0, maxim 2:6): managing resources and talent

[From The Art of ‘Ware (Version 2.0) by Bruce F. Webster (forthcoming), Chapter 2, “Supporting Development”] When funds are exhausted, then money is raised under pressure. Control is lost and equity surrendered to supply the needed resources. One of life’s great ironies is that the worst time to raise money is when you really need […]

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The Art of ‘Ware (V 2.0, maxim 2:2): delayed release

March 25, 2008 0 Comments
The Art of ‘Ware (V 2.0, maxim 2:2): delayed release

[From The Art of ‘Ware (Version 2.0) by Bruce F. Webster (forthcoming), Chapter 2, “Supporting Development”] When you release a product, if success is slow in coming, you’ll face diminishing returns on product development and exhaustion among your engineers and marketers. It is enough of a challenge to sustain energy and excitement through the process […]

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The Art of ‘Ware (V 2.0, maxim 1:3): preparing a company for success

February 27, 2008 0 Comments
The Art of ‘Ware (V 2.0, maxim 1:3): preparing a company for success

[From The Art of ‘Ware (Version 2.0) by Bruce F. Webster (forthcoming), Chapter 1, “Starting Out”] By answering these seven questions, you can judge ahead of time how well the company will succeed: Does the board of directors have Tao?1 The common image is that the directors are only interested in the bottom line. But […]

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The Art of ‘Ware (V 2.0, maxim 1:2): factors for success

February 26, 2008 0 Comments
The Art of ‘Ware (V 2.0, maxim 1:2): factors for success

[From The Art of ‘Ware (Version 2.0) by Bruce F. Webster (forthcoming), Chapter 1, “Starting Out”] These factors govern the success of the company: Tao; the economy; the marketplace; leadership; management. Tao means running the company so that all the employees share the same vision of success.1 “Tao” (literally, “the Way”) is probably the most […]

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