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Two new Baseline columns up

September 24, 2008 0 Comments

The first column, “Second Class Software Quality for Major IT Projects”, talks about the curious fact that organizations are willing to spend millions, tens of millions, even hundred of millions of dollars on major IT project and yet still nickle-and-dime their software quality assurance (SQA) effort. It doesn’t help that SQA personnel are pretty much on the bottom of the tech status totem pole, either.

The second column, “Do Not Defer The Difficult in IT Projects”, describes the all-too-human tendency in IT development to put off dealing with the toughest problems until last — at which point, you may not be able to solve them all. It also explains why so many IT projects get 80-90% “done” and then suddenly slip for weeks or months without making much progress.

Feedback is always welcome.

About the Author:

Webster is Principal and Founder at at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor for the BYU Computer Science Department. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at 303.502.4141 or at

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