Cutter Fellow Bob Charette’s 2013 assertion that The STEM Crisis is a Myth inspired quite a bit of discussion in education and industry, which has apparently not subsided! In STEM Literacy and Jobs, wsj.com blogger Irving Wladawsky-Berger taps Charette for his thoughts on the STEM jobs “crisis.” When it comes to STEM, the discussions have mostly focused on STEM jobs rather than STEM literacy, and in particular, on whether we have a STEM crisis or a STEM surplus–a debate I recently wrote about. A number of articles have pointed out that, as is often the case with such complex questions, both sides are right. It all depends. STEM includes a variety of disciplines, degree Read more
Cutter Senior Consultant Barry Devlin is passionate about extending BI approaches into true business insight. His four-part series over at Upside.com digs into the science of decision making (hint: we’re less rational than we think!) and how that fits with current BI tools (hint: not very well). Here’s an excerpt from How Do You Make Decisions? (Part 4). In my book, Business unIntelligence: Insight and Innovation beyond Analytics and Big Data, I developed a conceptual model for decision making support in today’s world. This model consists of three “thinking spaces.” Two of these are obvious and long-recognized: information and process. However, I also explicitly included a people space in the conceptual architecture, sitting atop the Read more
Cutter Fellow Rob Austin and Senior Consultant Shannon Hessel received a Danish Society for Education and Business Prize for their “Leadership in the 21st Century Organizations” course at Copenhagen Business School. Cutter Fellow Dick Nolan was also honored for the lectures he contributed to the course. One of the three DSEB Education Prizes went to Assistant Professor Shannon Hessel and Professor Rob Austin from the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, especially due to their work in the course: “Leadership in the 21st Century Organizations”, in which they combine technology with good old-fashioned storytelling. – via CBS Observer Congratulations, Rob, Shannon, and Dick!
Cutter Fellow Bob Charette has been blogging over at IEEE Risk Factor for the past decade, looking at the myriad ways software projects fail. To mark that 10-year milestone, he set out to analyze what’s changed — and what hasn’t — in the area of systems development- and operations-related failures. Bob doesn’t claim to have compiled a comprehensive “database of debacles” in Lessons From a Decade of IT Failures. Instead, he’s endeavored to bring together the “most interesting and illustrative examples of big IT systems and projects gone awry.” Be sure to spend some time with his colleague Josh Romero’s five super cool interactive visualizations of the data where you’ll: Look at the various ways Read more
The old adage “When it rains, it pours” certainly applies to the past couple of months at Cutter Consortium. We’ve added a cadre of really impressive experts to our roster. Cutter clients will have the opportunity to work with these folks, access their research, bring them in house for consulting/training, and interact with them live through Cutter events. And readers of this blog will see their latest thinking right here. (First among them is James Mitchell, with his post on some myths of IT commoditization.) Join us in welcoming: Edgar Barroso Gerhard Friedrich Kent Graziano Doug McDavid Paul Miller James Mitchell Vinay Venkatraman Stijn Viaene Phil Wisoff Watch this space over the next weeks for Read more
This week's top news stories include stolen credit card data at Home Depot, hacking of Apple’s iCloud that revealed, well, revealing photos of the account holders. And it’s only Wednesday. The latest issue of Cutter IT Journal, “Data Hacking: No Day at the Breach” addresses data security, which, according to Guest Editor Ken Orr, is a problem "No matter how large or small our organizations are, we cannot just wash our hands of [it] — there is too much at stake.” Orr continues, “There are very few more pressing issues in management today than cyber security. Notice that I didn't say IT management; I said management. When the hacking of a major US retailer (Target) Read more
IT budgeting is the topic of Cutter’s longest-running research — we’ve just opened our ninth annual survey on the topic, and we hope you’ll participate. Not so surprisingly, last year’s survey found that security drove the largest increase in IT budgets, led by increases from large companies. According to author Dennis Adams, “This may be a response to the idea that large companies are bigger ‘targets’ to hackers.” On the other end of the spectrum, Adams pointed out that “Although some consultants have predicted that energy costs would increase the costs of computing, our surveys have not borne this out. This year, as in the past, energy costs have not factored into the costs of Read more
One of the most costly results of poor estimation skills is often the complete cancellation of a project. Cutter Consortium recently examined the extent to which software organizations have abandoned or cancelled projects over the past three years due to significant budget or schedule overruns. This survey effort studied software project estimation at more than 100 software development organizations and was analyzed by Cutter Consortium Senior Consultant E.M. Bennatan. The first area we examined was comparative performance; how are projects estimated today compared to six years ago? We defined success by the ±10% rule: success means hitting the mark within 10%. Organizations were asked: In the past three years, what would you say is the Read more