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Displacing entrenched technology

November 14, 2018 0 Comments
Displacing entrenched technology

Successful technology — and I’m using the term broadly here, not just limiting myself to digital tech — has a propensity to entrench itself and then become very hard to displace, at least directly. A classic example is the internal combustion automobile (which I’ll call the “gas auto” for shorthand). Commercial production started over 130 […]

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Link to post: how Nokia missed the smartphone boat

October 10, 2013 1 Comment
Link to post: how Nokia missed the smartphone boat

Again, via John Gruber at Daring Fireball, comes this story from a Norwegian journalist who wrote a letter of complaint to Nokia in 2008 about his new Nokia smartphone. An excerpt from his letter: Telephones – like all other devices – need to be designed on the terms of the simplest user. All of the […]

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Remember Conway’s Law

October 8, 2013 11 Comments
Remember Conway’s Law

Some years ago, I was called in to lead a team of three other people in reviewing a major project at a Fortune 50 corporation. This project, which I’ll call QUBE, was a major end-to-end re-engineering of that firm’s mission-critical systems, intended to replace all the existing legacy systems. The QUBE project was supposed to […]

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IT retrenchment: performing IT project triage

October 7, 2013 2 Comments
IT retrenchment: performing IT project triage

The on-going economic turmoil in the U.S. and global economies over the past several years continues to force many organizations to freeze, trim or even dramatically slash internal budgets. If you’re an experienced IT manager, you already know that your budget may be among the first to be affected. And that means making hard choices, […]

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The 5 books every IT manager should read right now

September 30, 2013 1 Comment
The 5 books every IT manager should read right now

In a prior post I talked about setting up a reading program for your IT department. However, whether or not you can get your IT engineers to read, you yourself need to be aware of the fundamental realities of IT project management and software engineer that have been discovered again and again. In other words, […]

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