Posts Tagged "economics"

When to replace a legacy system?

Oct 18 2014

Legacy systems are considered to be systems that have been operating in production for a long time. While the technology has become…

Fund success through lots of small investments not from one big estimate

Aug 17 2012

If you have to estimate at least know why you’re estimating and do it appropriately so that it’s in some way useful…

Conventional software development fails to deliver value

Aug 14 2012

As Kent Beck said in Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change: Software development fails to deliver, and fails to deliver value. This failure…

Too busy chopping wood to sharpen the axe

Dec 01 2011

The prevailing management (and financial) mindset in companies today is focused on efficiency, productivity, and costs. The primary concern is to maximize…

The (un)ethics of Big Vendor contracts with cost-driven companies

Nov 01 2011

Consider a company looking to procure external software services. This is a company that manages by objectives and spends time and effort…

Track costs and benefits visibly together

Feb 01 2011

Have you noticed that costs and benefits are rarely seen together? I mean literally on the same page or board. Are we…

More meaningful accounting to visualize software economics for more informed decision-making

Feb 01 2011

In this article Ross Maynard says it’s unhelpful, even dangerous, to use the same methods to compile management and financial accounts. Regarding…

Financing IT versus managing assets

Feb 01 2011

There’s something smelly about financing IT projects in return for a contracted return on investment. It’s not that there shouldn’t be some…

Business cases are in the eye of the business sponsor

Jan 01 2011

Projects typically get funded based on their business cases. Business cases that seem to stack up on paper usually get budget. Business…

Budgeting bunkum

Dec 01 2009

Despite the UK Government issuing it’s new budget today – oh utter joy, btw – this post was motivated by IT budgeting…