Don Beckett outlines four important actions that executives, PMO directors and program leaders can take to improve the predictability and success rate of their software development and enhancement projects.
“Information development must be spearheaded by a general, not coordinated by aides-de-camp.”
Peter G. W. Keen 1981 1
Precise prediction is very difficult. Long ago, when FORTRAN and COBOL were still the new kids on the block, Ware wrote a science-fiction short story called “The Last Programmer.” That estimable gentleman had become the “last programmer” at his research institution and was being retired early with a gold watch. The retirement time was set for 1984, a then-future date popularized by George Orwell’s 1949 novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. The assumption was that by 1984 the scientists and engineers would be working directly with the computers.&