Posts by Date August 2010
Whither IT – a series of prognostications

As I mentioned in a recent blog posting, I’m in the process of shifting my “serious” blogs over to this website, from their previous home at The old site will continue to get updates at random intervals, but mostly about non-technical topics, like the photography that I dabble in, and random social/political commentaries. One of the quasi-serious series of postings that I want to make available here is a 15-part series on the “future of IT,” which I started…Read More

Agile2010 retrospective: What I Learned From Burning My House Down

How could you not attend a conference presentation with a title like that? I hasten to add that it was not my house that burned down; I had to assume that it was a house belonging to (or somehow associated with) one of the two presenters Yves Hanouelle and Robin Dymond — and that the story had something to do with agile software development. Now that two weeks have passed, I have to admit that I’m not even surer whose…Read More

Watching “agile” move from a common-sense philosophy to an organized, detailed practice

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away — before Google, before the PC, before the widespread non-academic/military use of the Internet, perhaps even before the invention of fire and electricity — my colleagues and I were bemused and intrigued by the reaction we got from veteran software developers and project managers when we wandered all over the world (including some pretty scary places where programmers brought machine guns to work), preaching from every soap-box we could find…Read More

IT Project Confessional…

I’m in the process of shifting from my separate “Yourdon Report” blog over to my “” website for blogs about serious IT subjects (as distinct from frivolous postings about gossip, sports, movies, photography, etc.). As part of the process, I’m going to post some links here to various “series” of postings that I made on the other blog, because I think you might find them useful. For example, I recently wrote a 6-part series of blog postings on the concept…Read More

Agile2010 retrospective: Scott Ambler’s “Agile Mythbusters” presentation

As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog posting, the recent Agile 2010 conference had 227 sessions, with 180 speakers. Even if I had somehow managed to attend all of them (a complete impossibility, since there often six or seven sessions running in parallel), I wouldn’t have the time, patience, or energy to report on them all. However, there were some interesting ones, and the first one I want to bring to your attention is Scott Ambler’s “agile mythbuster” presentation. Scott is…Read More

Agile 2010 Retrospective

During the week of Aug 9-13, I trekked down to Orlando, Florida to join some 1,400 other computer geeks for a week-long conference known as Agile2010. If you were there, you don’t need me to tell you what it was all about; and if you’ve never heard of it, it’s easier for me to point you to the conference website than trying to provide my own feeble explanation. This conference, along with “sister” conferences on the related topics of XP…Read More

Commentary: “Team Releases Tools for Secure Cloud Computing”

I noticed an August 2, 2010 article from the University of Texas at Dallas that should be of interesting to anyone focusing on cloud computing: it describes a collection of recently-released tools to help application developers build more robust and secure cloud applications. The article is titled “Team Releases Tools for Secure Cloud Computing.” The tools basically consist of security features on top of open-source tools that are frequently used to build cloud-computing apps: Apache’s Hadoop distributed file system, Google’s Mapreduce…Read More

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