Subscribe via RSS Feed

Project Failure

New series of posts (at bfwa.com): Readings in Software Engineering

May 21, 2012 0 Comments
New series of posts (at bfwa.com): Readings in Software Engineering

Over at bfwa.com, I’ve started a new series of posts that will present brief reviews of and excerpts from my library of software engineering and IT project management texts. Here’s the introduction to the series; and here’s the first post, covering Jerry Weinberg’s The Psychology of Computer Programming.  ..bruce..

Continue Reading »

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 […]

Continue Reading »

The Sessions paper: an analytical critique

December 28, 2009 5 Comments
The Sessions paper: an analytical critique

Roger Sessions has published a white paper, “The IT Complexity Crisis: Danger and Opportunity” (PDF). It’s created a bit of a stir in tech circles, largely because Sessions estimates that “worldwide, we are already losing over USD 500 billion per month on IT failure, and the problem is getting worse” (page 1; emphasis in original). […]

Continue Reading »

Active risk management in IT projects

October 18, 2008 2 Comments
Active risk management in IT projects

First, my apologies for the slow posting here and at BFWA.com over the past few months. It’s pretty bad when my last two posts have each covered my last two Baseline columns. But I’ve got some new material to start posting here as well, and will do so. In the meantime, I have two new […]

Continue Reading »

Two new columns up at Baseline

September 24, 2008 0 Comments
Two new columns up at Baseline

Obviously, I’ve been slow in posting here, since I’ve had two new columns go up at Baseline since I last posted. The first column, “Second Class Software Quality for Major IT Projects”, talks about the curious fact that organizations are willing to spend millions, tens of millions, even hundred of millions of dollars on major […]

Continue Reading »