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Executive Update

Statistical Project Management, Part IX: Assigning Volatility to Different Levels

by Vince Kellen

In Part IX of this Executive Update series on statistical project manangement, we return to the eight volatility metrics to see how we can assign them to project managers, object types, objects, phases, and other levels of analysis.

Software delivery talent

Why Is Software Delivery Talent So Difficult to Find?

by Paul Pagel

The right team is key to crafting software systems capable of supporting innovation. Software delivery talent, however, is extremely difficult to find for a multitude of reasons, which we explore in this Advisor.


Strategic Perspectives on AI Product Development

by Pavankumar Mulgund, by Sam Marrazzo

As AI becomes more visible as a corporate strategic tool, organizations will have to incorporate issues surrounding AI as part of corporate strategy. Pavankumar Mulgund and Sam Marrazzo help us by providing a framework for developing an AI strategy. The authors discuss the “minimum viable model” approach to the development of the underlying AI/ML models, along with the platform on which these models run and the inevitable tradeoffs. They conclude their piece by examining some best practices for the successful implementation of AI initiatives.

caution AI

Caution! AI Consequences Ahead — Opening Statement

by Lou Mazzucchelli

The contributions in this issue of CBTJ will help us get up to speed with the current state of AI and to think about some of the issues raised when we look beyond systems that appear to work as intended. Our contributors span industry and academia, and their commentary provides a good way to gain an overview of the problem.

The Changing World of Software

Adapting to the Changing World of Software

by Sunil Mithas, by Kaushik Dutta, by San Murugesan

Many aspects of software have changed in the last few decades, particularly since the advent of personal computers in the 1980s, the World Wide Web in the 1990s, and the widespread use of mobile and cloud computing in the last decade or so. Other key changes have been the massive trend toward outsourcing and offshoring in the 2000s and the widespread use of social media beginning in the 2010s. We explore some of these trends in this Advisor.

Executive Update

All About Agile Integration and Testing

by Donald Reifer

Many Agile experts have written about integration and testing. Some debate about the goals, while others explore the tactics taken to achieve them. Most agree that integration and testing should be performed continuously and in an automated manner, if possible. However, this seems to be the extent of agreement. Debate arises over “who does the integration and testing — when, where, and why?” along with discussion about the most efficient and effective way to get the job done. 

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Executive Update

Statistical Project Management, Part VIII: Social and Emotional Cognition in Projects

by Vince Kellen

Here in Part VIII, we discuss the social and emotional cognitive aspects of proj­ects.

Survival of the Fittest

In the Digital Game, It’s the Survival of the Fittest

by Joost Visser

Digital transformation is not an end point; it is just a beginning. By going digital, your organization is only entering the game. In this Advisor, we share some laws of software evolution and the market forces at play.