Jim Johnson is 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.
A simple definition of complexity
This new paper looks at the current status of that NPAC., Big, Bang, Boom Revisited: Why Large Projects Fail, A case study research of NPAC report.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is preparing to receive more than 10,000 athletes who will compete in 42 sports in the 2016 Summer Olympics.
PreparedU: How Innovative Colleges Drive Student Success by Gloria Cordes Larson.
The road to oblivion is paved with projects that are strategically aligned with the current corporate strategy and vision.
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.
Jim Johnson rates Chaos Monkeys 3 out of 5 butterflies
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.
Culture also eats tools for lunch and processes for dinner.
Almost 99% of current pitches to venture capitalists include the phrase “disruptive technology.”
Let us consider two different paradoxes: the Montana Paradox and Cobb’s Paradox.
Once upon a time in the world of green dragons, a blue dragon was born.
You want your projects to be more successful, with higher value and greater customer satisfaction.
Flow is a method to manage software development, implementation, and maintenance through a continuous process.
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.
Project managers will always have a place, but maybe not in the development of software.
What are your “hangar queens”?
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”.
From my family to your family have a great holiday season and happy New Year. Merry Christmas Mr. Plaque-eating Guinea Worm.
They have Good—not Bad—Agile!
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.
Recently a vice president of engineering asked for a recommendation for an agile tool.
Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries by Safi Bahcall.
I just love milestones. I just hate milestones.
Consider the venture capitalist (VC). VCs evaluate many deals and spread their limited capital over many ventures.
Let’s keep the Internet really free.
On September 28, I went to two meetings and presentations that were totally orthogonal to each other.
On this day we celebrate our presidents.
In the last few days two interesting things occurred.
Our colleague raised the notion that a project sponsor might also be a project saboteur.
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...
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.
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.
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.
If you are only listening to the sound of your own footsteps you will never hear the bear sneaking up on you.
The Standish Group has redefined project success as onTime, onBudget with a satisfactory result.
A 30 to 40 year old application will have wandered with many twist and turns.
I presented a little pie chart on the percentage of features and functions that were actually used.
In 266 AD, Ben Messala was selected from the Imperial Roman Army to join the elite Praetorian Guard.
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.
They build products that people want to use rather than have to use.
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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