The Mythical 5%

Bruce Eckel, author of Thinking in C++, relays a commencement address he gave. First, some bad news: The statistics are sobering: 50-80% of programming projects fail. These numbers are so broad because people don’t brag about their failures, so we have to guess. In any event, this makes the world sound pretty unreliable. … Many… Continue reading The Mythical 5%

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Automating Embarrassment

I recently received this memo: …unbeknownst to us as it only affected certain files and only a few [investors] … our data was unexplainably fatally contaminated. We have worked diligently, along with our software vendor, to fully correct the problem. I can’t read that without feeling the sting of being in their shoes. Whose fault… Continue reading Automating Embarrassment

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