Computing Calamities

Computing Calamities : Lessons Learned From Products, Projects, and Companies that Failed

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Many great advances in technology have resulted from risky experimentation, but it's critical to remember and study the spectacular failures that also resulted from some of those risks. Failures can be mundane, like the typical complaints of software projects that are behind schedule and over budget, while others can be much more extravagant. In Computing Calamities, Robert L. Glass has collected war stories from around the industry. Laugh at these mistakes, and learn from them. Someone else's failure could be the foundation of your success.
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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 25.4mm | 521.63g
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 0130828629
  • 9780130828620

About Robert L. Glass

Robert Glass is an author and consultant on software quality issues who has written more than 10 books on the topic. He owns his own company, Computing Trends, and writes a column on software Engineering for ACM Communications Magazine. He is also author of Software Runaways: Lessons Learned from Massive Software Project Failures.
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Table of contents

1. Introduction: Whats So Great About Failure? 2. Overview: The Many Faces of Failure. When Failure Means Success. The Role of the White Knight. How to Avoid Stepping in Something. 3. Keep Your Eyes on the Enterprise: Stories of Corporate Failure. Big Vision, Small Result. Together We Fall. Not-So-Supercomputing. Crooks and Spies and Other Guys. Grasping Failure from the Jaws of Success. 4. Mission Impossibles Dirty Little Secrets: Stories of Project and Product Failure. The Eyes/Stomach Tradeoff. Hitting the Wrong Bullseye. The Operation Was a Success, but the Patient Died. It Just Wasnt Meant to Be. 5. The Taming of the Shrewd: Stories of Failures of the Best and Brightest. The Successful Research Center that Failed. The Failed Research Project that Some Called a Success. Blight Comes to the Ivy-Covered Walls. 6. Summary: Now Remind Me-Whats So Great About Failure? Index.
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'When reading this book, youll often shake your head in disbelief at the stupidity that apparently intelligent people exhibit at times... In the end, however, you may learn some valuable lessons that will ensure that you are not featured in the books next edition!' - Peter G. Aitken, Visual Developer magazine
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