Robert V. Binder

Posts Tagged ‘systems engineering’

Another Day, Another $440 Million

We don’t need a miracle cure for rogue algorithms. More regulation will not prevent them. Proven software engineering and testing will.

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Who Spun the Web?

July 27, 2012  |  Blog, Business, Networking, Software Products  |  8 Comments

The confluence of many technology streams made today’s Internet. It is now so ingrained in daily life that it is hard to grasp what an immense project it has been.

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How Technical Debt turns into Technical Bankruptcy

March 27, 2012  |  Blog, Business, Process, Software Products  |  No Comments
Cosmic matter spiraling into a black hole

Technical Bankruptcy occurs when technical debt overwhelms the maintainers of a software system. I’ve previously blogged about a case study:  how the accumulation of poor development practices resulted in the business failure of highly successful Enterprise IT software company.
The technical debt metaphor provides a nice handle for a software development …

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What I Learned Building a Software Product with Tcl

February 25, 2012  |  Blog, Business, Networking, Process, Software Products  |  4 Comments

Through Google Circles, I happened to see David Welton’s very interesting reflection on the Tcl programming language (posted in 2010):
http://journal.dedasys.com/2010/03/30/where-tcl-and-tk-went-wrong/
About ten years ago, I chose to develop a commercial automated software testing tool with Tcl and Tk. This post explains that decision and its consequences.
Despite testing tools that tout “visual programming”…

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Steve Jobs’ Product Design Philosophy and Systems Engineering

October 7, 2011  |  Blog, Business, Software Products  |  No Comments

Steve Jobs’ genius was in conceptualizing unique interfaces and packaging that resonated very deeply for large numbers of customers, and in the second half of his career, combining this with a business and operational model that generated huge returns to shareholders and delighted 100s of millions.
During his interlude with NeXT,…

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Is Making Movies Like Making Software?

June 20, 2011  |  Blog, Business, Process, Software Products  |  4 Comments

After proving that good project management and software engineering could result in on-time, in-budget, high quality results for contract software development, I was designated as the project manager of a large fixed-price development project. Despite my objections, a second project manager was also assigned to this project. The relationship was explained as…

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