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Engineering
Yaacov Apelbaum

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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AI
Yaacov Apelbaum

An Afternoon with a Fraudster

It was only after I played back the recording and listened to it several times that I realized how sophisticated and polished the scam was. The planners had thought of everything and had prepared for even the minutest of details.

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Engineering
Yaacov Apelbaum

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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Industry
Yaacov Apelbaum

Bells and Whistles

The car industry more than any other manufacturing sector embraced a strategy that focused entirely on building a product with the highest degree of obsolescence and greatest curb appeal. Traditional engineering principles like longevity, efficiency and environmental friendliness were sacrificed and replaced with a lot of chrome, fender size, overpowered V8 engines and pink leather.

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Engineering
Yaacov Apelbaum

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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Engineering
Yaacov Apelbaum

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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