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The Social Graph is Neither (Pinboard Blog)

The Social Graph is Neither (Pinboard Blog): You might almost think that the whole scheme had been cooked up by a bunch of hyperintelligent but hopelessly socially naive people, and you would not be wrong. Asking computer nerds to design social software is a little bit like hiring a Mormon bartender. Our industry abounds in […]

Why Steve Jobs mattered | Bob Lewis

Why Steve Jobs mattered | Bob Lewis: “Nothing about the iPod, iTunes store, iPhone, or iPad was safe. Jobs focused on upside potential, not downside risk. Like the great generals in history he preferred offense to defense. As for excellence, he insisted on it in the technical as well as general meaning of the word. […]

Requirement: futuristic

So a friend said to me one of his client’s requirements was the system be “futuristic”. Here’s what we built:

Run IT as a business — why that’s a train wreck waiting to happen | Bob Lewis

Run IT as a business — why that’s a train wreck waiting to happen | Bob Lewis: “When IT is a business, selling to its internal customers, its principal product is software that “meets requirements.” This all but ensures a less-than-optimal solution, lack of business ownership, and poor acceptance of the results.” (Via Bob Lewis […]

blog link: world–

world– by Robert Merkel at Larvatus Prodeo. Published October 14, 2011 at 09:02AM The technology world has just lost another giant, though one without the towering public persona of Steve Jobs. If you’re not actually a programmer, you’ve probably never heard of Dennis Ritchie. But the vast majority of software you use was built using […]

UNIX timezone database shut down

The UNIX time zone database has been shut down because of copyright complaints! Overthrow the DCMA! http://blog.joda.org/2011/10/today-time-zone-database-was-closed.html

quick link: The value of stable teams.

http://www.allaboutagile.com/the-value-of-stable-teams/

REST and SOA and Agile and Waterfall

Recently I’ve been working on two projects. They are an exercise in contrasts. First the technologies and the development methodologies. So the first company uses a very Waterfall process and the integration platform is SOA. We’ve managed to build, in the middle of this, a small and focussed Java component that uses JMS in and […]

Business change methodology gaps | Keep The Joint Running

Whatever else you do, give yourself a chance: Rename every project, initiative and strategic program in your organization to reflect the business change goal instead of the system name: Sales Force Effectiveness Project instead of Salesforce.com Implementation; Evidence-based Decision-making Initiative instead of Business Intelligence Implementation. The impact is surprisingly large. — Business change methodology gaps | […]

Managing to the numbers | Keep the Joint Running

People who manage purely by revenue or share price generally shaft their companies in the medium term. Bob Lewis, of IT Catalysts, is always worth a read and has many insights which I think all developers and architects should pay attention to. So you improve fulfillment (improved quality) and customer service (reduced cycle time). Revenue […]