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RIP: H. Ross Perot

  by Jim Johnson  I only met Ross once. It was the winter of 1974. While my memories of our encounter are somewhat of a misty colored haze, my general impression was of a straightforward, honest person. Although he was friendly, I found him to be very penetrating in his questions. He used amusing stories and humor to make you feel comfortable—although it seemed to me that he did not suffer fools gladly.  His company, Electronic… Read more

Flow Defined

Flow is a method to manage software development, implementation, and maintenance through a continuous process. It’s a service-oriented process that reduces the friction and delays associated with traditional software development methods.The Flow process creates pipelines segmented by very small logical and cross-functional teams.  Work is created in daily tasks and distributed through a priority-based algorithm without bias.  All daily tasks are implemented either at the end of the day or of the next day. This increases user… Read more

Go with the Flow

by Jim Johnson   Project managers will always have a place, but maybe not in the development of software. This is a problem I have been thinking about and struggling with over the last few years, and it got me thinking about the history of software development and how project management fits into a historical time line. I have come up with four distinct evolutionary periods. The first period I call the Wild West, which ran… Read more

Mentoring by Augmented Reality

  By David W. Johnson  As the new general manager for the Asian territory of the Sword Elevator company, Christina Yip was very concerned about the high level of accidents, and even fatalities, in the maintenance workforce for her area.  Yip felt it was her responsibility to understand the causes of the problem and thereby find a solution. She immediately set out to visit the maintenance managers and the field force to see for herself.  What she… Read more

Loonshots Reviewed

  By Jim Johnson  Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries by Safi Bahcall. I like this book and give it 5 out of 5 butterflies. It is written well, and complex ideas are presented simply. Of course, one of the reasons I like the book is that Bahcall agrees with my premise that there is no such thing as disruptive technology (see my comments in the Café CHAOS Blog… Read more


By Jim Johnson and David Johnson   Once upon a time, the principal of an elementary school, Joan Fanning, was daydreaming about how she could help her students learn more and have more fun along the way. Her husband, the Scrum Master for a software development firm, had explained the Scrum method to her, and they both thought it could be useful for her students.  He introduced her to a local Scrum trainer, and they talked about… Read more

"Improving Health by Clicks” instead of “Death by a thousand Clicks"

  by Jan Poort   Electronic Health Records (EHRs) were described as a way to make medicine better, faster, cheaper, and safer. However, an April 2019 article in Fortune, “Death by A Thousand Clicks”by Fred Schulte and Erika Fry have raised serious questions. Ten years and $36 billion later, the system is an unholy mess. Although the article does mention some positive outcomes of EHRs, the focus is to warn of the harmful results.First, physician satisfaction is important, because physicians will… Read more

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