Monthly Archives: November 2011

Software Specific Stupidity: The Short Course in Planning for Disaster, Lesson Three

We have grasped now the basics of shambolic software planning and adopted the behaviours necessary to succeed. That is, fail. But these are not, even in combination, always enough. You may by chance allow just long enough to do the … Continue reading

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Ignoring the Bleeding Obvious: The Short Course in Planning for Disaster, Lesson Two

In our introductory monograph we exhibited the two basic recipes in the shambolic software planning cookbook which are, in short: Pure guesswork. Just pick the end date out of thin air. As above, but with extra ego. Guess how long … Continue reading

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Gormless Ignorance: The Short Course in Planning for Disaster, Lesson One

Scheduling even the simplest activity is fraught with difficulty. “When are you going to clear all of your bloody crap out of the garage so I can park my car in it ?” asks your nearest and dearest, simmering nicely … Continue reading

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In Gantt We Trust: Software Project Management as Belief System

Software Project Management claims to be a scientific discipline. Google it. You’ll find all manner of shiny websites offering training, toolkits, mentoring, proven best-of-breed methodologies and so forth. The words “Scientific” and “Discipline” will feature extensively in their marketing bumph, … Continue reading

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IT Shambles Categorised: How Precisely Shall We Pilot the Ship into the Iceberg ?

Now. Given a project to manage and an iron determination to drive it to ruination, there are many paths one may take. You could say sod the coding, stuff the budget in a holdall, and whisk the team off on … Continue reading

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