Monday, February 16, 2009

The reality of software development

The (London) Times had a front page recently on the juggernaut that is the NHS IT project. First there was a letter making the lunatic proposal that we commission our university computer departments to write the code 1. There's a nice response from Alan Pollard (British Computer Society) that makes the position clearer

Few IT projects fail because of technology. IT falls victim to overexpectation, unco-ordinated decision making, lack of clear objectives and relentless cost paring without a corresponding and realistic reduction in the desired outcome. All these are driven by those setting out the needs for planning, managing and approving the project. Today’s IT professional has to be far more than just a computer scientist. He or she has to be skilled in psychology, business matters, diplomacy, project management and politics.

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