Tag Archives: Planning

Estimation, Part 4: Are We Nearly There Yet ?

We have now got past the first three stops on the Bus Journey of Estimation: First, we valiantly struggled to avoid making a forecast at all, and failed at that endeavour. But having carried out a lengthy, dogged rearguard action … Continue reading

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Estimation, Part 3: The Art and Science of Predicting The Future With 100% Accuracy Using Only Guesswork and Microsoft Excel.

So. After several pages of whinge and a few more pages of groan on the subject of Software Project Estimation, the case has been vehemently made for adopting the following basic axioms and rules of conduct: If nobody is forcing … Continue reading

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Estimation, Part 2: How Bloody Much, or If You Think It’s So Easy, Why Don’t You Have A Bash At Writing The Bleeding Code Yourself ?

The very worst technology cock-ups kill people. These dreadful mistakes are thankfully rare, but they do happen(*). Half a notch down, and a Premier League technology disaster can cause injury, large-scale physical damage (to objects rather than humans), or buggeration, … Continue reading

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Estimation, Part 1: I Have Seen The Future, But It Was All Wrong

As a young chap, I used to have Faith. In many different things, but specifically for my purposes here, Faith in the determinism and predictability of Software Development. So long as one was completely cognisant of the architectural paradigms, governance … Continue reading

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In Praise of Stasis(IV): If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try Again. Then Give Up. No Use Being A Damn Fool About It.(*)

I feel the need to précis the last three semi-connected diatribes before embarking on the fourth and closing chapter of the trilogy. You, dear reader, due to a series of horrendous administrative cock-ups, have been headhunted into MegaGroup Financial Incorporated … Continue reading

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In Praise of Stasis(III): If You Don’t Need It, Don’t Bloody Buy It

As you may have gathered from earlier communiqués (see both here and here), almost nothing within a gigantic IT Transformation Programme makes any kind of sense whatsoever. The original vision is a feverish hallucination fed by half-chewed received wisdom and … Continue reading

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In Praise of Stasis(II): Why a Change is Nowhere Near as Good as a Rest

So. Where were we ? Ah yes – Big. A modern-day IT Transformation Programme must always be Massive. No-one ever sets off to do a spot of light transforming. Oh no. In Transformation World, everything is Supersize. Everything must be … Continue reading

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