Posts Tagged ‘uncertainty’

In Software delivery, economics trumps engineering

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Successful software outcomes are highly dependent on continuous negotiations, accurate predictions, value judgments, innovations, team collaboration, architects, agility, market conditions and user demand. Success is much less dependent on quality of contracts, Gantt charts, critical path schedules, earned value measurement, laws of physics, material properties, mature building codes and certified engineers. Software delivery is more a discipline of economics than it is of engineering because it is a complex endeavor that is inherently non-deterministic…there is much more uncertainty.

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Communicating objectively with measurements

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

It is no secret that objective and quantified measures are a critical aspect of communicating clearly. However, many communications use numbers inappropriately and lose credibility through exaggeration, false precision, inappropriate units, or other forms of deceptive misusage. In How to Measure Anything: Finding the Intangibles in Business, Douglas Hubbard defines a measurement as follows: (more…)