Newest Contributor: Ruby Raley

| November 29, 2006

I’ve known Ruby for a decade or so. She came up to me after I gave a session at a technical conference on the need for leadership in IT organizations and offered both cogent observations and useful criticisms. We’ve been friends ever since and just recently co-authored an article for Cutter IT Journal titled “The Longest Yard: Reorganizing IT for Success” (which we may post here on the blog sometime soon).

Ruby may well be the finest IT project manager I know. Her professional career (as I’ve observed it) can be summed up by the famous quote: We the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, with so little, for so long, we are now qualified to do anything, with nothing — except that Ruby has to do the leading as well. Or to put it another way: if I had an absolutely critical, save-the-world IT project I had to get done, I’d hire Bruce Henderson as the chief architect and Ruby Raley as the project manager, then spent the rest of my time running interference for both. ..bruce..

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. 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, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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