Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson is the founder and chairman of The Standish Group. He has been professionally involved in the computer industry for over 40 years and has a long list of published books, papers, articles and speeches. He has a combination of technical, marketing, and research achievements focused on mission-critical applications and technology. He is best known for his research on project performance and early recognizing technology trends. Jim is a pioneer of modern research techniques and continues to advance in the research industry through case-based analytical technology.

Posts

Blame Rio

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is preparing to receive more than 10,000 athletes who will compete in 42 sports in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Book Review: PreparedU

PreparedU: How Innovative Colleges Drive Student Success by Gloria Cordes Larson.

Buffalo Jump

 The road to oblivion is paved with projects that are strategically aligned with the current corporate strategy and vision.

Cassandra's Curse

Sometime, I feel we have the Cassandra’s Curse for we have the uncanny ability to see the future, but people want to ignore us to promote their own agenda.  

Chaos Monkeys

Jim Johnson rates Chaos Monkeys 3 out of 5 butterflies

Crapola

he Modernization in Place paper includes a section on what we shall call “Crapola”—code that is rusting away and preventing progress on lifeblood advancements.

Dog Ears

On most CHAOS Tuesday shows I do a book review.

Double Dog Dare

Let us consider two different paradoxes: the Montana Paradox and Cobb’s Paradox.

Dragon2Dragon

Once upon a time in the world of green dragons, a blue dragon was born.

Factors of Success

You want your projects to be more successful, with higher value and greater customer satisfaction.

Ghost of Christmas Future

We can dream of a better world through more valuable projects. It is not just about predicting the future; it is more about making the future better.

Hangar Queens

What are your “hangar queens”?

Haze in Thinking

The Standish Group has issued two companion papers.  The first paper is “Rethinking the Public Spending on ICT projects” and the second paper is titled simply “Haze”. 

Holiday Reflections and Resolutions

From my family to your family have a great holiday season and happy New Year. Merry Christmas Mr. Plaque-eating Guinea Worm.

It's About Time To Get Up

It’s About Time to Get Up (amazonis an autobiography of Gary Slemaker. The book chronicles Gary’s life through early childhood in Washington, D.C., to growing up in the Dust Bowl of Texas, moving to Albuquerque, and settling as an adult in Los Angeles.

Milestones: Love Them or Hate Them

I just love milestones.  I just hate milestones.

Negative-Value Portfolio

Consider the venture capitalist (VC). VCs evaluate many deals and spread their limited capital over many ventures.

Past and Future

On September 28, I went to two meetings and presentations that were totally orthogonal to each other. 

Price of Success

In the last few days two interesting things occurred. 

Six-Figure Musician

 The Six-Figure Musician is a book written by David Hooper.  The sub-title of the book is: How to Sell More Music, Get More People to Your Shows, and Make More Money in the Music Business. 

Small Projects: Like Riding a Bicycle

In a follow-up to our Double Dog Dare post, we are comparing small projects to bicycle rides. Many projects are naturally small. In many parts of the world people commonly ride bicycles for transportation.

Sneaky Bear

If you are only listening to the sound of your own footsteps you will never hear the bear sneaking up on you.

Success Redefined

The Standish Group has redefined project success as onTime, onBudget with a satisfactory result.

The Dog that Never Returned

A 30 to 40 year old application will have wandered with many twist and turns. 

The Little Pie Chart that Could

I presented a little pie chart on the percentage of features and functions that were actually used.

Trump's Lesson for Sponsors

In my recent book "The Good Sponsor" I listed 10 major attributes needed to be a good project sponsor.

Two By Four

 In the IT business we use thousand lines of code (KLOCS).  If you think about this it would be like pricing your home by the number of 2 X 4s used.

User Experience

They build products that people want to use rather than have to use. 

You Deserve a Break

Assimilation is the process of learning and understanding something so fully that you can use the skill without thinking about it.


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