The latest Baseline columns

| September 24, 2008

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.

Enjoy, vote, and comment!  ..bruce w..

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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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