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Chaos Monkeys

Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley is an autobiography written by Antonio García Martínez. When you get to the end of the book you might think to yourself that Martínez is an asshole. That is what the voice in my head said to me. In my opinion that might be the author’s intended reaction. He certainly did much mudslinging at many of the people highlighted in the book. On the other… Read more

It's About Time To Get Up

It’s About Time to Get Up (amazon) is 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. It also journals Gary’s work history, starting with menial jobs of his youth, to wiring printed circuit boards in a computer job lot factory, and then programing early computers. Gary’s work… Read more

The Little Pie Chart that Could

 At the XP 2002 conference in Sardinia I presented a little pie chart on the percentage of features and functions that were actually used. It was a last-minute addition to a presentation that was mostly about the CHAOS Research on project delivery. At the time, I thought the data was mildly interesting and was looking forward to gaining some feedback from the group. The research on features and functions started in 1996 with a set… Read more

Price of Success

In the last few days two interesting things occurred. First, some notable major project failures came across my desk. Second, we prevented two major projects from failing before they got started.A number of the project failures that came across my desk ended up in court; an example is the Pennsylvania unemployment compensation system. And while not in court yet, the Scottish police system failed after spending almost $60 million. In our Big Bang Boom report… Read more

Trump's Lesson for Sponsors

In my recent book "The Good Sponsor" I listed 10 major attributes needed to be a good project sponsor. The three most important were inspiration, perspiration, and imagination. Donald Trump’s adult and business life began as a project sponsor. Trump was a project sponsor whether he was building low-cost homes, condos in the Midwest, gaming casinos, or giant high-rise towers in midtown Manhattan. Trump often claims his projects come in OnTime, OnBudget, and OnTarget. This… Read more

Sponsor Resource Center

The Sponsor Resource Center has several products and services to improve project sponsorship.   If you are a project professional or a project sponsor we can help. For the project sponsor we have 3 resources.  First take our short 10-question evaluation. Free when you register.  Second, purchase and read our new book, The Good Sponsor and do the exercises.  The book outlines the 50 skills need to be a good sponsor and provides exercises and assessments on those skills.  Last… Read more

Delta Down

by Jan Poort      Delta Airlines lost in August 2016 about $150 million in pre-tax profits thanks to computer problems that grounded flights around the globe and forced the company to make special accommodations to get passengers to their final destinations. The cause was failed switchgear, a piece of equipment very similar to conventional circuit breakers. What was particularly notable, however, was the fact that key systems and network equipment did not automatically switch over to backup… Read more

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