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An IT success, albeit an expensive one

September 17, 2013 0 Comments
An IT success, albeit an expensive one

  Since I’ve been writing a lot about large-scale IT project failures, here’s a story about a troubled-but-completed IT project: the CalPERS re-engineering effort. It’s hard to call it successful when it cost double the original estimate ($586 million vs. $279 million), took over 16 years (it started in 1995 and went live in 2011), […]

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Possible £200 million writeoff for Universal Credit — septic code problem?

September 13, 2013 1 Comment
Possible £200 million writeoff for Universal Credit — septic code problem?

I wrote last week about problems with the UK Government’s Universal Credit project, an attempt to do a system-wide replacement and re-engineering of IT systems for the Department for Work and Pension. The latest news article now states that the project has already written off £34 million and may end up writing off up to […]

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What is it with DMV projects?

September 10, 2013 1 Comment
What is it with DMV projects?

It seems that each year brings another story about a failed or very troubled IT project attempting to replace or re-engineer the computer systems for some state’s Department of Motor Vehicles. The latest is this well-researched and well-written article by Bruce Landis at the Providence Journal about the problems the state of Rhode Island has […]

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From the UK yet again: a quietly devastating expert report

September 6, 2013 0 Comments
From the UK yet again: a quietly devastating expert report

Via the Register comes this post at the website of Ross Anderson (PhD), a computer science professor and scholar at Cambridge who also serves as an expert witness. Anderson was asked to opine in a criminal case in which an individual wearing a tracking bracelet (as an alternative to spending time in jail) was accused […]

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RISE: Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams (DeMarco & Lister, 1987)

August 19, 2013 0 Comments
RISE: <b>Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams</b> (DeMarco & Lister, 1987)

[The third in a series of posts on Readings in Software Engineering. Previous post: The Mythical Man-Month, Frederick J. Brooks Jr. (1975/1995).] Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams. Tom DeMarco & Timothy Lister, Dorset House Publishing Co., New York, 1987, softbound, 188 pages. Original acquisition date unknown; replacement copy acquired 11 Oct 1995. Current version is […]

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