is my interview with Ed Yourdon. We discussed
Web 2.0 and it’s impact on the software development worlds. I
have titled the interview, “Collaborate or Die!”
A bit over the top you say, well Denis Waitley once said, “on line
or in the bread line." The people I was with
thought that was a bit over the top. He was
right and I would suggest the use of Web 2.0 tools is another
Ed is a
one of those rare polymaths in the IT world. His bio from Wikipedia
begins Edward Nash Yourdon (born 1944) is a computer consultant, an
author and lecturer, and a recognized pioneer in the software
engineering methodology of structured programming
He is a
graduate of MIT, earning a BS in Mathematics in
December 1999 issue of Crosstalk: The Journal of Defense Software
Engineering named Yourdon one of the ten most influential people in
the software field. In June 1997, he was inducted into the Computer
Hall of Fame Yourdon is widely known as the lead developer of the
Structured Systems Analysis and Design Method (SSADM), as well as
co-developer of the Yourdon/Whitehead method of object-oriented
analysis/design and the popular Coad/Yourdon OO methodology of the
late 1980s and 1990s.
authored over 550 technical articles and authored or coauthored 26
computer books since 1967. He founded and published American Programmer
magazine (now titled Cutter IT Journal). He is the author of the
best-selling Decline and
Fall of the American Programmer.
Yourdon currently serves as an internationally-recognized expert
witness and computer consultant who specializes in project
management, software engineering methodologies, and Web 2.0
Ed how people could contact him and the part of the response that
struck me was, “I am online”.
also find Ed on Twitter (Yourdon), Plaxo and other Web 2.0 social
essay for this cast is titled “Just How Badly Do You Want A
Number?” The essay challenges managers and
project managers to think about that initial estimate and the
impact it might actually have. The text of the essay can be found
Comments and suggestions are welcome.
out the SPaMCAST Facebook page. I wil be posting
information on which shows relates to which
theme. For example Kenji’s recent interview,
Scott Amblers and Kent Becks all have an agile
flavor. This will be a quick way to hit all of
the shows in a general thematic area.
are a number of ways to share your thoughts . .
Events and the next . . .
season is beginning!
be speaking at IFPUG’s 3rd Annual ISMA Conference and Fall
Workshops Sunday, September 14 – Friday, September 19, 2008 at the
Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel information at www.ifpug.org. The
presentation is call “Counting Facebook” and will be on Friday
September 19, 2008 at 10:25 AM - 11:25 AM,
speaking at Quest Toronto 2008 Conference, September 22- 26, 2008,
at the Hilton Hotel in Toronto, Canada. I will
be presenting “Good Numbers Go Bad” on Wed Sept 24th from 1:30 -
2:30 pm and also joining in as a subject matter expert in the end
of day solutions workshop. Information can be
found at http://www.qaiquest.org/toronto/
I will be speaking at the Northeast Quality Council 57th
Conference. The conference is scheduled for
October 14 – 15 , 2008 in Marlborough, Massachusetts at Best
Western Royal Plaza. The presentation is
titled “One Size Fits . . .Someone Other Than
Me”. Information can be found at http://www.neqc.org/conference.
Software Process and Measurement Cast:
next SPaMCAST we will feature an interview with Roo Reynolds of
IBM. Roo is one of the leading forces in using
metaverses such as Second Life to rewrite how software development
and collaboration happen. In SPaMCAST 39 you are
going to see the future so do not miss it!