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How to ruin any software development project


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A quick look into real project scenarios and how they ruin software projects. In the presentation, we talked about how to avoid this kind of happenings. We can do every day things to help to make projects more successful and add wins to our own reputation.

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How to ruin any software development project

  1. 1. How to ruin any software development project! Marcus Stephan
  2. 2. How to ruin any software development project ???
  3. 3. About me • MS CS, 35+ years coding experience • 25+ years software projects in IT and other industries • Internal Auditor for ~150 software development projects • Launched QM systems for software development departments, teams and processes • Germany, Switzerland and Silicon Valley • 15 years project manager, 17 years web development, owner, founder, consultant, IT award winner Marcus
  4. 4. Context Facts! In average about all data: ~70% of all IT projects failing Basic knowledge! There are10 types of persons in the world: real software engineers and others. You got it? Young Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) since 1947 and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) since 1963
  5. 5. Part One nice tools
  6. 6. How to Build a house?
  7. 7. Don’t plan your project
  8. 8. Ben
  9. 9. Ben, a tough guy Ben
  10. 10. Do unneeded meetings
  11. 11. Attend sync up calls every hour
  12. 12. Never say No
  13. 13. Switching direction
  14. 14. Wait with decisions until they are no longer needed
  15. 15. Don’t communicate at all
  16. 16. Never listen to your clients or colleagues
  17. 17. Repeat same mistakes again and again
  18. 18. Really never think before it starts
  19. 19. Don’t do the right thing
  20. 20. Never use the right tool
  21. 21. Underestimate time and afford
  22. 22. Agile ?
  23. 23. List of examples could be endless
  24. 24. Part Two Why
  25. 25. IEEE and …
  26. 26. A grand senior at a conference 20 years ago
  27. 27. What is SE for you? Desire Love Passion Willing to do Fun Pleasure Opportunities Help Change Make a difference
  28. 28. Thank you Q&A I focus on improving software projects and processes, developing teams and winning software development cultures.