Why the “latest and greatest” fail in Software Project Management

The idea of using the latest and greatest methodologies, techniques, tools, and people in software development is failing at an increasing rate. AGILE and SCRUM have become the standard methodologies of software development with every company engaged in such activities attempting to use some aspect of these in their development process; from the smallest project to the largest. It is thought that collecting the youngest, best, and brightest talent; combined with the latest and greatest of techniques, tools, and methodologies should guarantee the success of any project undertaken. Why then have the struggles of project managers to deliver timely successful products become greater and greater?

Some who are familiar with the processes and steps of creating successful useful software would point to several factors that are roadblocks to successful completion in any project. It has become common to point the finger at unreasonable timelines for tasks, lack of ‘talent’ in performing tasks at a quicker pace, and inadequate testing procedures for code that is written. But these are merely ‘symptoms'; not the ‘illness’ of failure in  successful deliverables. There is no question that the bars for success have been raised higher and higher, both in terms of expectations of deliverable product features and speed of production. It is also true that tools for design, code production, testing, and delivery have gotten better and better to allow for quicker production. So what then is the cause of the ‘illness’ of failure? It should be understood that a distinction is being made here between a software product created by a development team and that which is which is being developed by a single developer… The #1 reason is failure of communication!

Communication in understandable simple terms of the ‘complexities’ of programming on any application. The simple statement of purpose and intent is lacking. The ‘complications’ that all programmers, by nature, tend to create in elaborate thoughts of designing something ‘newer, whiter, brighter’ than the generation that has gone before; are multiplied. All of this is to be handled more quickly without discussion about the ethics, quality, usefulness, and value of the end product. In pressing for more speed in the process of development; meaning and purpose is lost. It is replaced by IM speak, 144 character lists of acronyms, and the misspellings of non-English speakers in the guise of efforts to ‘globalize’ applications. Misinterpretations and poor communications abound in internet development; and are even being made the norm in application SDLC. The practice of the AGILE/SCRUM stand-up has become a joke. A typical communication: “I worked on ‘bug’ tickets yesterday along with some ‘features'; and I will be working on the same today; and some more. No blocks…”. There is no ‘conversation’ in these exchanges. There is no ‘give and take’ in discussion. All communications are supposedly geared for brevity to keep the ‘process’ running smoothly while moving at a higher speed. No ‘extra talk’ is deemed necessary or appropriate and is a ‘block’ to speed.

This is the road that leads to failure…

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An Open Letter to Marc Zuckerberg and Chris Chan MBA

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Mr. Chris Chan MBA and Mr. Mark Zuckerberg:

Chris, I found your most recent post as an Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg on LinkedIn and felt compelled to comment and post my own take on your opinion. While I am in agreement with many of your criticisms of Facebook, I found your expressions to be self-serving and downright ‘greedy’ at the expense of others in the same manner that you accuse Mr. Zuckerberg and Facebook of being. You proudly place ‘MBA’ after your name, as if to assure those of us that use LinkedIn that it is a more ‘Professional’ forum; and that your opinions are worth more because of that (perhaps more than the college ‘drop-out’ whose opinions have driven the success of an approach to internet communication for the masses that far surpasses yours). Unfortunately, opinions are much like the other part of the body people use to discharge excrement. Everybody has one.

I have no dispute with your perception that Facebook has practiced an inconsiderateness towards its users in the forms of lack of concern for personal privacy in communications, incessant unwanted ‘targeted’ advertising, and even exposure to  ‘bullying’ and other downright ‘criminal’ activities. I think that most users of Facebook are somewhat naïve about these practices, and to some degree or another are encouraged to be. It is that naiveté which is exploited by Mr. Zuckerberg and Facebook. This is a problem I believe that there is a consensus of FB users concerned about.

However, your tactics for communication of this concern are no better. YOU hold yourself up as a critic of these practices by engaging in the same distasteful practices in the promotion of YOUR OPINIONS. This, to me, is hypocrisy at its worst. It smacks of ‘elitist’ attitude and the same sort of self-promotion that not only has affected Facebook; but LinkedIn as well. In fact, most ‘social networks’ have been ruined by self-aggrandizement at the expense of others elsewhere. Truly valuable opinions are not just simply expressed, they also require experience and learning of many complex issues to be valuable. Facebook’s greatest ‘sin’  has been the practice of ‘mystifying’ the technology of communications in the form of making it simple to express personal opinions to a larger and larger audience without concern for the complexities and consequences of doing so. Politeness, positivity in conversation, and simple common sense are put aside.

Other ‘social networks’ are no better than Facebook in these practices. LinkedIn Groups have become filled with advertising in the form of ‘recruiters’ for different technologies for  greedy exploitation of others who actually do the work of ‘implementing’ ‘social-networking’ as well as ‘technologies’ on the internet. As a long-time user of the internet (since 1991 and no…Al Gore did not invent it) I could complain that these activities have ‘ruined’ the internet. As soon as there was commerce established on the internet, it ceased in some respects to be the communications medium that Tim Berners-Lee, Marc Andreessen, and some others of my old acquaintances had envisioned. It quickly became an exploitable commodity, and then just as quickly, became an instrument of exploitation.

The technology of the internet was not designed to be exploitative by nature. It was designed to be a ‘populist’, ‘democratic’ tool for communicating simple informational messages among users for common understanding (a theme that perhaps Twitter has been truer to); not for ‘Telephone Marketing’.  However, the internet has certainly become less than ‘informational’ and more about personal opinion; or to be more accurate, more about personal opinion than common consensus on valuable opinion. There is no doubt that this problem is ‘global’ now. The ‘corruption’ of the internet will continue until it is totally and irrevocably destroyed by an alternative ‘system’ for information delivery among people.

It is my opinion that the ‘next generation’ of ‘social networks’ that gain success will be  those which deal with the concerns of personal privacy and the dissemination of valuable information on a global scale. As a programmer and developer of systems for delivery of content on the web; I have a responsibility to see this happen (I admit to my own exercises of self-aggrandizement in the past with coding). I can only encourage those who actually bring ideas to the internet to be ethical and back up their ‘opinions’ with real work in learning and understanding; not just the idea that I may get more young college girls to like me if  I build a billion dollar company, or the idea that if I graduate with an MBA I deserve to have my opinion be known above anyone else’s. LOL

So, unless you have an alternative to just ‘shutting the whole thing down’ please give my opinions a listen. I am currently developing a CMS for developers wanting to develop ‘social network’ platforms that are free from advertising, private by virtue of encrypted communications point-to-point between all users,, and encourage well-constructed and thought-out, polite communications, with verification of content information as well. I hope to introduce a version soon for my friends and colleagues to experiment with. Thanks for your attention.

Programming for OUR future! To @Edward Snowden #EdwardSnowden

Programming, Coding, Digital ‘discussions’ and ‘conversations’ and the like; have now become part of everyday life. Morality, religion, politics, sex, and humanity are trampled (if you don’t know this word…trampled…Google it). Privacy of thought, intention (good or bad) have been reduced to agreement; yes/no, like/unlike; disagreement has become a ‘consensus understanding’.  If you use Facebook, are you just one who is ‘passing a phase(phrase)’ and wishing well; or the devil in disguise? Am I  a ‘silly low-level systems administrator’, or can YOU do something to change the course of our history from the ‘Terminator’ to something more positive? Just a question?!…ALL answers are appreciated! Forget ‘drone delivery’, ‘stupidity’ of the Chinese in trying to ‘socialize’ an economy that has only history to recommend it, and John Kerry’s ‘Bergdahl’ B.S…Give us something human, real, un-geeky and I will lend all of the talents I have to make sure the ‘Global-Warming’ issue is understood as reality; not in virtual machine language! :-) Love and Blessings…

What’s Going ON?!!

Only Love can conquer hate! <3 ~ Marvin Gaye

What happened to the United States of America that I grew up in? Surrounded by positive aspirations to accomplish something better for the world; I fear now that even that notion has been trampled by the Fascist 1%…

Lyrics for the Zou

Had to get these lyrics down before I forget them as a melody:

Have you  ever put your head down to the rail,

and heard the bell ring through the steel !!!

Heard the wood laying underneath…surround it;

and the cries of those that are real?

A new approach

This is the beginning of an experimentation with integrating several different development tools and technologies with a single API for full production cycle from design through to release. The following are being included, although all not implemented in this first prototype:
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Acid Music Studio Pro
Free MP3 Editor
Youtube
Converter Lite
HTML5
CSS3
JavaScript
Visual Studio 2013
Thanks for having a look!

3-D Printing Should Be About Quality!

3-D printing technology is picking up steam. The inexpensiveness of the parts and materials for manufacturing will make certain equipment configurations ubiquitous applications in all areas. This technology, along with gesture-based design technology, of the form that Elon Musk has designed; can totally revolutionize the entire manufacturing process. However, the efforts that the Van Gogh Museum has put forth; truly shows the quality and artistic beauty that creations from this technology can bring. Much more work can be done and needs to be done  to bring quality to productions with this technology!

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