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The engineering shortage: Japan

May 17, 2008 1 Comment
The engineering shortage: Japan

Today’s New York Times reports that Japan is “running out of engineers“: After years of fretting over coming shortages, the country is actually facing a dwindling number of young people entering engineering and technology-related fields. Universities call it “rikei banare,” or “flight from science.” The decline is growing so drastic that industry has begun advertising […]

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Honors I never expected

May 15, 2008 1 Comment
Honors I never expected

[UPDATE: I received a response from Martindale-Hubbell in the comment section to this post.] I received an interesting e-mail today, with the following paragraph: Please accept our formal congratulations on the high achievement represented by this Peer Review Rating. You, Bruce Webster, are one of a select group of attorneys to have achieved this level […]

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The Wetware Crisis: All Our Sins Remembered – Intro

May 14, 2008 0 Comments
The Wetware Crisis: All Our Sins Remembered – Intro

[Copyright 2008 by Bruce F. Webster. All rights reserved. Adapted from Surviving Complexity (forthcoming).] Humanity has been developing information technology for half a century. That experience has taught us this unpleasant truth: virtually every information technology project above a certain size or complexity is significantly late and over budget or fails altogether; those that don’t […]

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The Dead Sea Effect: why would IT engineers leave Google?

May 5, 2008 4 Comments
The Dead Sea Effect: why would IT engineers leave Google?

In my post on the “Dead Sea Effect“, I talk about why the overall quality of personnel in large corporate and government IT shops declines over time (short answer: the great IT engineers leave for greener pastures, the not-so-great ones stay and entrench). So, why would IT engineers leave one of the most highly regarded, […]

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Some thoughts on “Up or Out”

April 29, 2008 8 Comments
Some thoughts on “Up or Out”

[UPDATE: Here are some more observations from Ruby-coloured glasses.] Alex Papadimoulis over at The Daily WTF (one of my favorite IT blogs) has posted a lengthy and thoughtful solution to the problems I raised in my post on the “Dead Sea effect“. Specifically, he refers to the “Up or Out” model, pioneered over a century […]

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