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The decline in computer science students (part 2)

June 24, 2008 1 Comment
The decline in computer science students (part 2)

I previously discussed the up-and-down cycle of college enrollment in computer science and related fields. More accurately put, there have been two large peaks in computer science enrollment: one in the mid- to late 1980s (which happens to be when I was teaching CS at Brigham Young University) and another right around the turn of […]

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Issue: metrics for tester productivity?

June 20, 2008 3 Comments
Issue: metrics for tester productivity?

In response to my Baseline columns on metrics (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3), I received the following e-mail: I read your column with great interest as I’m involved on an IT project to measure productivity. May I ask you a quick question? Are there any mature metrics that can measure tester productivity improvement month by month […]

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Latest column: IT project metrics, part 3

June 19, 2008 0 Comments
Latest column: IT project metrics, part 3

My newest Baseline column is up: “Lies, Damned Lies, and Project Metrics (part 3)“. In it, I wrap up my discussion on IT project metrics, outlining a possible approach using instrumentation and heuristics.  Go check it out.  ..bruce..

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Anatomy of a runaway IT project

June 16, 2008 28 Comments
Anatomy of a runaway IT project

The following document is the actual text — carefully redacted — of a memo I wrote some time back [i.e., several years ago] after performing an IT project review; names and identifying concepts have been changed to preserve confidentiality (and protect the guilty). The project in question was a major IT re-engineering effort for a […]

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Latest column: more on metrics

June 13, 2008 0 Comments
Latest column: more on metrics

My newest Baseline column is up: “Lies, Damned Lies, and Project Metrics (part 2)“. In it, I talk about why it’s so hard to apply metrics to IT project management and begin to suggest an approach.  Go check it out.  ..bruce..

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