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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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Septic code: why some large IT projects never go into production

September 12, 2013 4 Comments
Septic code: why some large IT projects never go into production

A common pattern in the failure of large IT software projects is “the Never-Ending Story”, which I described back in 2000 (PDF) as follows: The client contracts with the manufacturer to develop and install a system. The project starts. The completion date slips. It keeps slipping. Each time the adjusted delivery date approaches, the project slips […]

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Weighing in on Project Orca

November 10, 2012 2 Comments
Weighing in on Project Orca

[Cross posted from And Still I Persist] [Note: I am currently in transit from Colorado to Florida and am composing this post as I have time and ‘net access.] “All the most important mistakes are made on the first day.” – The Art of Systems Architecting (Maier & Rechtin) Project Orca was the Romney campaign’s […]

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Really poor web programming at AA.com

September 25, 2012 1 Comment
Really poor web programming at AA.com

I travel a fair amount on business, though it can really vary from year to year and even during a given year. As it happened, I traveled a lot last year, requalifying for Platinum status on American Airlines. My wife traveled with me a lot as well, and she actually ended up with Gold status, […]

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Speaking of upgrades… [UPDATED]

March 15, 2012 0 Comments
Speaking of upgrades… [UPDATED]

One of my three desktop systems — a slim Gateway tower (SX2802-01) I’ve had for about two years — notified me last week that the hard disk (a Seagate Barracuda 7200, 750 GB) was failing. I googled the Windows system message, and what I found indicated the hard drive was indeed on its way to […]

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