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The thermocline of innovation (NASA, again)

January 30, 2009 2 Comments
The thermocline of innovation (NASA, again)

I have written about the thermocline of truth, a phenomenon I have witnessed several times in large IT projects where the true status of the project (usually not good) gets blocked at a certain layer of management, slowly moving up the management chain and usually reaching the top just weeks before the scheduled release date.  […]

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Five books every IT manager should read…right now

November 20, 2008 0 Comments
Five books every IT manager should read…right now

My latest Baseline column  is up, and it talks about why you should read these five books now, if you haven’t already. And if you have read them, you should probably re-read them.  ..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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“Pitfalls of Modern Software Engineering”: an update

May 29, 2008 0 Comments
“Pitfalls of Modern Software Engineering”: an update

One of the books I’m currently writing is Pitfalls of Modern Software Engineering, a greatly expanded and updated version of a book I published back in the 1990s. I’ve been posted new and revised pitfalls over at my Bruce F. Webster & Associates (bfwa.com) website. To make the pitfalls a bit easier to browse, I’ve […]

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The Arc of Engineering

May 21, 2008 1 Comment
The Arc of Engineering

[Copyright 2008 by Bruce F. Webster. All rights reserved. Adapted from Surviving Complexity (forthcoming).] And so, from hour to hour, we ripe and ripe, And then, from hour to hour, we rot and rot; And thereby hangs a tale. — William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act II, Scene vii. I have observed a pattern […]

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