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Yaacov Apelbaum

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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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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