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Lies, Damned Lies, and Project Metrics (Part I)

July 8, 2013 5 Comments
Lies, Damned Lies, and Project Metrics (Part I)

When Capers Jones published Assessment and Control of Software Risks (Yourdon Press, 1994), he identified the most serious software risk in IT projects as “Inaccurate Metrics,” and the second most serious software risk as “Inadequate Measurement”. I remember being startled when I first read that back in 1995—they certainly weren’t what I would have chosen—and […]

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A must-read for all software engineers and their managers

November 8, 2012 5 Comments
A must-read for all software engineers and their managers

Thanks to Cat Mikkelsen [yes, ex-NeXT people, that Cat], I read this article. It’s written by Linds Redding, an art director and animator down in New Zealand who just passed away a few days ago. But it is very, very relevant to software engineering, particularly the ‘heroic’ model of software development. In it, he talks […]

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WHS 2003 issues — looking for suggestions

November 23, 2011 6 Comments
WHS 2003 issues — looking for suggestions

This is actually a problem I’ve been dealing with — or, more accurately, ignoring and working around — for a few months, at least, so I thought I’d put a post up here to see if anyone has come up with an actual fix. Back in July 2010, I bought an Acer Aspire easyStore Home […]

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The Thermocline of Knowledge

April 8, 2011 0 Comments
The Thermocline of Knowledge

I’ve written here before about the thermocline of truth. The webcomic Partially Clips gives a different, humorous slant; click on the comic to view it in full size. ..bruce..

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Fascinating look inside Microsoft

July 9, 2010 0 Comments
Fascinating look inside Microsoft

The KIN debacle (product canceled after five weeks; reports of actual phones sold range from 8,000 all the way down to 500), followed by Microsoft’s announcement of layoffs, has triggered on-line discussion among Microsoft employees, past and present. Even recognizing the self-selecting and inevitably self-serving nature of those comments, they still reflect serious, serious problems […]

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