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Are We Developers Liars or Just Fools?
July 1995 (vol. 12 no. 4)
pp. 90-92

Things were good in the old days. Very few people understood software, so those of us who were cognoscenti could get away with murder. We could explain away cost and schedule overruns by blaming "complexity." Performance problems were the fault of emerging technology. And if management or customers got angry, what could they do? We were the only show in town.

Although nearly everything that defined "the old days" has changed, Robert Charette argues that many of the old foibles remain. Charette is president of Itabhi Corporation, a high-tech management consultancy, and one of the leading authorities on software, systems, and business risk management. He consults with several national governments and Fortune 100 companies, and he worries about the social and ethical implications of computing. According to Charette, software managers and the people who work for them risk being viewed as liars or fools, a perception that can only harm the software community.

--Roger Pressman

Robert N. Charette, "Are We Developers Liars or Just Fools?," IEEE Software, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 90-92, July 1995, doi:10.1109/52.391841
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