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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(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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Hope (II): Some More Reasons To Be Cheerful.

Harpo, Groucho, Chico. They say Hope Springs Eternal. Let’s not push it, but there are perhaps a few more steps that can be taken on the sunny side of the software street, and a few more hints worth sharing to … Continue reading

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Hope (I): Accentuating The Positive, For Once

Bing and The Andrews Sisters. The acme of Hollywood Golden Age Über-cheeriness. Take a look at the modern world and it’s many wonders. You needn’t search far. Gathering dust on a bookshelf or buried under a pile of magazines on … Continue reading

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The Extended Dream Team (IV): Core Incompetencies

Today we will be exploring the negative contribution of those whose impact is continual, relentless and incremental rather than occasional or explosive. These are the common clay of the IT fiasco, the journeymen on the Road to Nowhere, the pack … Continue reading

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