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Dog Ears

On most CHAOS Tuesday shows I do a book review. The review consists of an overview of the book, my opinion of the book and a rating.  I rate the book using a 1 to 5 butterflies system.  The rating is on several dimensions such as value to project management or technology profession.  Does the book have some new ideas and theories.  Is it easy to read so that assimliation and absorbtion is intuitive.  Is… Read more
 

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. For new features and functions, assimilation is to absorb and adopt them so they become habits. Once a project is delivered it takes time for the features and functions to be fully understood and assimilated into the business operations or a daily routine. The more complex the features and functions the harder it is… Read more

Fight in the Dog

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog,” said Mark Twain.  Today, we released the “CHAOS Report 2015” report.   The CHAOS Report 2015 has a number of interesting charts and features.  One feature you might want check out is the new sizing chart.  We changed the project sizing from a dollar value to expressions. Expressions provide more clarity, flexibility, and allow for changing labor… Read more
 

Negative-Value Portfolio

Recently I was told of a story about a major Brazilian bank that completed a project to service foreign visitors during the World Cup. The project was OnTime, OnBudget, and OnTarget, with a total cost of just under half a million dollars. The total return of their investment was $10,000. This is a 50 times negative return rate. As a standalone project this sounds like a major management failure with a project management success. Project… Read more

The Dog that Never Returned

Well, let me tell you of the story of a dog named, OscarTo his groomer in Southie Oscar rode the UberIn the winter of 2015 on a tragic and fateful dayCame record snowfall and nothing gave wayNothing except for the Redline of the MBTA Later Oscar was put on the Redline in Andrew SquareBut he couldn’t get off not for lack of fareIt was lack of service that was his misfortuneWell, he never returnedNo he never… Read more
 

CHAOS Charts for 2015

The Standish Group has replaced and updated the primary 12 CHAOS Charts in the chart section with the following charts. All the charts are from the new CHAOS Database from fiscal years 2011 to 2015.  Fiscal year runs from March 1st to the end of February of the following year. Unless otherwise noted the total number of software projects is over 25,000 with an average of 5,000 per yearly period.  In addition, all charts, except… Read more

Crapola

by Jim Johnson & Han MulderThe Standish Group plans to release a report on Modernization in Place very soon. The Modernization in Place paper includes a section on what we shall call “Crapola”—code that is rusting away and preventing progress on lifeblood advancements. Even brand-new applications have plenty of Crapola or unused features and functions. During the agile development process refactoring or pruning is a best practice. Refactoring improves the understandability of the code and… Read more
 

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