The Illustrated Primer

Category: Engineering

The Anti Socials

Companies such as IBM and Microsoft are still scratching their head trying to figure out if this social networks thing is for real and does providing a communication platform for income-challenged teenagers makes any commercial sense.

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The Death March

To those unfamiliar with the term, a death march is not a walk through Ezekiel’s valley of dry bones. Rather, it is a reference to a development project where requirements exceed the realistic deliverables by at least 50 percent.

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Playing Telephone

Playing telephone can be fun, but it’s not if you are trying to accurately convert business requirements to a software solution in a timely and cost efficient manner.

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What’s with the Chicken?

The ceremony in which the team lead finally admits that he can’t deliver the features on time climaxes in a primeval ritual that rivals ancient Aztec human sacrifices, albeit somewhat more painful.

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The Überteam

A high performance team’s esprit de corps is derived from a strong sense of individual belonging, common culture and shared vision.

Building and managing strong development teams goes beyond simply managing developers to quarterly objectives and delivering functional products.

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It’s All About Trust

The concept of clearance-based security (that is, non-expiring clearance) is reminiscent of cheese, especially the cheap Swiss variety, the one with too many holes.

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The Illustrated Primer