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A strange time to be a software engineer...

 
 
McGentrix
 
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Reply Sun 27 Oct, 2013 08:47 pm
@maxdancona,
maxdancona wrote:

I am just pointing out that since upwards of 40% of software projects fail,


Just out of curiosity, where did you get the 40% number?
maxdancona
 
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Reply Mon 28 Oct, 2013 09:13 am
@McGentrix,
It is a well-known number. You can find it from any number of sites.

http://www.drdobbs.com/architecture-and-design/2010-it-project-success-rates/226500046

http://calleam.com/WTPF/?page_id=1445
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Thomas
 
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Reply Mon 28 Oct, 2013 09:19 am
@maxdancona,
It seems to me that the core of the problem was lack of courage. They fell behind schedule, their deadline needed shifting, and nobody wanted to tell that to the people with authority to shift the deadline.
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Thomas
 
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Reply Mon 28 Oct, 2013 09:21 am
@maxdancona,
maxdancona wrote:
I am not here to defend it, I am just saying that most experienced software engineers have been there.

True. I remember several versions of Windows that fell a year behind. I bet Microsoft lost comparable amounts of money over this.
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Thomas
 
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Reply Mon 28 Oct, 2013 09:23 am
@Baldimo,
Baldimo wrote:
The US is the home of Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, HP, IBM and Dell. Why did we look outside our borders when we have people here in the US that could have done this? So much for bringing jobs home to the US!

Most of these companies' employees work abroad. They would have offshored just as much of the work, probably more.
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maxdancona
 
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Reply Mon 28 Oct, 2013 09:46 am
@Baldimo,
Quote:
The US is the home of Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, HP, IBM and Dell. Why did we look outside our borders when we have people here in the US that could have done this? So much for bringing jobs home to the US!


The unemployment rate for qualified software engineers is near 0% (this is highly skilled work). There are many American companies (including my own) who are desperately looking for American engineers with no luck.
IRFRANK
 
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Reply Mon 28 Oct, 2013 12:15 pm
@maxdancona,
I found this true also. Speaks to American technical education.
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