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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
 

Rio 2016, Success or Failure?

by Dr. Lou Vianna (Rio Resident)Just a few days ago, a few billion people watched an amazing spectacle. The Rio 2016 Olympics opened with a simple, sophisticated, even sublime, show. “The Girl of Ipanema” was beautifully remastered and Brazilian history was remarkably told. Later, I attended fencing finals in the Olympic Park. Russia won gold and silver medals. Well … sword was always a trick weapon for us. Brazilians are good with guns! I explain:… Read more

Saving Jimmy

The Standish Group announces the publication of Jim Johnson’s second book for children.  Saving Jimmy is a fun story about a lost boy. The Adventures of Jackie series provides easy to understand basic project management lessons aimed at children. Jackie the Squirrel is a project manager. Jackie enjoys solving problems through managing projects. In saving Jimmy, Jackie first observes Jimmy wandering around woods looking lost. Jackie decides to make a plan to save Jimmy from… Read more
 

Songs of CHAOS

Recently Jim Johnson and Hans Mulder spoke at the10th International Multi-Conference on International Institute of Informatics and Systemics (IIIS) Conference in Orlando, FL.  They had 3 presentations together.  The 3 presentations were:The Keynote: CHAOS Chronicles, focusing on failures and possible improvements in IT projects. In this keynote Jim Johnson and Hans Mulder provided a history of the creation of the CHAOS Reports and the current database.  The purpose was to show the evolution of the… Read more

VW Retrospective

On July 7 Orlando, Florida, The Standish Group will participate in the 10th International Multi-Conference on International Institute of Informatics and Systemics (IIIS) Conference. IIIS is a multi-disciplinary organization for inter-disciplinary communication and integration. The main purpose of the IIIS is to foster knowledge integration processes, interdisciplinary communication, and integration of academic and commercial activities.  The Standish Group will have 3 presentations:7:45 AM: Keynote: CHAOS Chronicles, focusing on failures and possible improvements in IT projects… Read more
 

Winning Hand

CHAOS Report 2016: The Winning HandWe will soon be releasing the “CHAOS Report 2016: The Winning Hand”. The CHAOS Report 2016 updates the 2015 report which focused on presenting the data in different forms with many charts. Most of the updated charts come from the CHAOS database from the fiscal years 2012 to 2016. However, some the charts look at the whole database from 2007 to 2016.  Other focus on a single year. The CHAOS… Read more

Ghost of Christmas Future

By Jim Johnson  In Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, four ghosts visit Ebenezer Scrooge. One of the ghosts is the Ghost of Christmas Future. The future ghost shows Scrooge his likely future based on his past transgressions and present habits. The ghost points out that Scrooge could change his future if he changed his habits. A few years ago, Software Magazine called me the Ghost of Christmas Future based on our ability to spot trends… Read more
 

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