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In the Year 2020—In Search of Self-Belief: The 'BOP' Phenomenon
Found in: Computer
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:January 1995
pp. 55-57
In this fanciful tale, software practitioners lose their self- belief to external forces in the latter part of the 20th century and regain it in the early 21st century, thanks to the BOP phenomenon. The forces arrayed against that self-belief were truly fo...
 
Software: Hero or Zero?
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:May 2008
pp. 96, 95
People might love to support underdogs, but they also love to kick them when they're down. And, at this point in time at least, software is the world's technological underdog!
 
Some Heresy Regarding Software Engineering
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:July 2004
pp. 104, 102-103
Different software application domains require different programming techniques.
 
Doubt and Software Standards
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:September 2009
pp. 104, 103
The software engineering community needs to take a more critical view of software standards.
 
An Ancient (but Still Valid?) Look at the Classification of Testing
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:November 2008
pp. 112, 111
Work on test case classification published 16 years ago is still valid for software engineers.
 
Negative Productivity and What to Do about It
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:September 2008
pp. 96, 95
Three anecdotes show how one member of a work team can decrease the whole team's productivity.
 
Two Mistakes and Error-Free Software: A Confession
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:July 2008
pp. 96, 95
The software development process and the resulting product are so complex that no error-detecting approach will ever be able to produce error-free software.
 
On the Impurity of the English Language
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:March 2008
pp. 96, 95
English's ambiguities and variations make it difficult to support as a universal language.
 
Intuition's Role in Decision Making
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:January 2008
pp. 96, 95
Intuition might be a better decision-making approach for software engineering than you suppose.
 
In Search of Meaning (A Tale of Two Words)
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:July 2002
pp. 136, 134-135
No summary available.
 
Naïveté Squared: In Search of Two Taxonomies and a Mapping between Them
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass,Iris Vessey
Issue Date:September 2011
pp. 14-15
The authors describe an issue that they think is extremely important: the relationship between applications and solutions in the software engineering and information systems fields. In particular, they believe the fields desperately need a taxonomy of appl...
 
Goodbye!
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:November 2009
pp. 95, 95
In his final Loyal Opposition column for IEEE Software, Robert Glass points out the continued need for testing academic theories in practice and for practitioners to discuss lessons learned. He also states that software estimation is a deeply flawed activi...
 
A Classification System for Testing, Part 2
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:January 2009
pp. 104, 103
This article looks at what happens when you combine the four goal-driven approaches to testing classification (requirements-driven, structure-driven, statistics-driven, and risk-driven) with the three phase-driven approaches (unit testing, integration test...
 
Lying on Software Projects
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass, Johann Rost, Matthias S. Matook
Issue Date:November 2008
pp. 90-95
Lying is an understudied activity, especially in the software field. Yet lying is apparently quite common. In a 2006 survey of software practitioners, 86 percent of the respondents had encountered such lying. The most common occurrences were in estimation ...
 
What's with This Blog Thing?
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:September 2007
pp. 104, 103
Do blogs and wikis help or hinder the communication of software engineering knowledge?
 
Is Software Engineering Fun? Part 2
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:March 2007
pp. 104, 103
There are no simplistic answers to the software engineering methodology questions of the 21st century.
 
Is Software Engineering Fun?
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:January 2007
pp. 96, 95
There is (or should be) more fun in software engineering than you might think.
 
Greece vs. Rome: Two Very Different Software Cultures
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:November 2006
pp. 112, 111
Software development currently seems to take a
 
Software Testing and Industry Needs
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass, Ross Collard, Antonia Bertolino, James Bach, Cem Kaner
Issue Date:July 2006
pp. 55-57
Does the practice of software testing effectively meet industry needs? Five software testing experts give brief answers to a broad question from different points of view.This article is part of a special issue on Software Testing.
 
How Much of the Software Engineering Old Still Remains New?
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:July 2006
pp. 104, 103
Oddly enough, many software engineering issues and conflicts that were relevant 20 years ago are still relevant today.
 
Of Health, Trust, Money . and Integrity
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:January 2006
pp. 120, 119
There's a subtle way to lose your integrity: trying to do a task as someone else would have you do it, rather than as you believe it should be done.
 
A Follow-the-Leader Story with a Strange Ending
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:November 2005
pp. 112, 111
The field of software engineering would greatly benefit from detailed research on why some software builders perform better than others, but this isn't happening.
 
Never the CS and IS Twain Shall Meet?
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:September 2005
pp. 120, 119
An enormous intellectual distance exists between the fields of computer science and information systems, which needs to be fixed soon.
 
A Sad SAC Story about the State of the Practice
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:July 2005
pp. 120, 119
What's the state of the practice of software engineering? If you look at current software engineering books, journals, and conferences, you won't find much of an answer.
 
IT Failure Rates - 70% or 10-15%?
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:May 2005
pp. 112, 110-111
This is a closed-book quiz. Quick, now - what percentage of software projects fail? Let me hazard a guess as to your answer. Odds are, you said something like
 
Viruses Are Beginning to Get to Me!
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:January 2005
pp. 104, 102-103
The past few years have seen an enormous increase in the proliferation of viruses. Why is this happening, and what, if anything, can be done about it?
 
Anarchy and the Effects of Schedule Pressure
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:September 2004
pp. 112, 111
No summary available.
 
Learning to Distinguish a Solution from a Problem
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:May 2004
pp. 112, 111
Software maintenance and software maintainers deserve more respect.
 
On Modeling and Discomfort
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:March 2004
pp. 104, 102-103
<p>The Loyal Opposition takes issue with the theoretician's view of software modeling.</p>
 
Sources for Software Development: A Mugwumpish View
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:January 2004
pp. 112, 111
<p>Outsourcing, overseas development, and foreign workers displacing American ones: These are all interesting issues, but in a sense they're all so
 
A Big Problem in Academic Software Engineering and a Potential Outside-the-Box Solution
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:July 2003
pp. 96, 94-95
No summary available.
 
Questioning the Software Engineering Unquestionables
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:May 2003
pp. 120, 119
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Error-Free Software Remains Extremely Elusive
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:January 2003
pp. 104, 103
No summary available.
 
The Naturalness of Object Orientation: Beating a Dead Horse?
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:May 2002
pp. 104, 103
No summary available.
 
Project Retrospectives, and Why They Never Happen
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:January 2002
pp. 112, 111
<p></p>
 
Failure Is Looking More like Success These Days
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:January 2002
pp. 104, 103
No summary available.
 
Extreme Programming: The Good, the Bad, and the Bottom Line
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:November 2001
pp. 112, 111
No summary available.
 
Frequently Forgotten Fundamental Facts about Software Engineering
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:May 2001
pp. 112,110-111
No summary available.
 
A New Answer to
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:November 2000
pp. 136, 135
No summary available.
 
The Generalization of an Application Domain
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:September 2000
pp. 128, 127
No summary available.
 
Process Diversity and a Computing Old Wives'/Husbands' Tale
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:July 2000
pp. 128,127
No summary available.
 
The Sociology of Open Source: Of Cults and Cultures
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:May 2000
pp. 104-105
No summary available.
 
Y2K and Other Software Noncrises
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:March 2000
pp. 104-105,100
No summary available.
 
Cobol: A Historic Past, A Vital Future?
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:July 1999
pp. 120,118-119
No summary available.
 
A Snapshot of Systems Development Practice
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:May 1999
pp. 112,110-111
No summary available.
 
On Design
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:March 1999
pp. 104,103
No summary available.
 
Maintenance: Less Is Not More
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:July 1998
pp. 67-68
No summary available.
 
Defining Quality Intuitively
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:May 1998
pp. 103-104,107
No summary available.
 
Reuse: What's Wrong with This Picture?
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:March 1998
pp. 57-59
No summary available.
 
The Software-Research Crisis
Found in: IEEE Software
By Robert L. Glass
Issue Date:November 1994
pp. 42-47
<p>With the advantage of more than 25 years' hindsight, this twenty-first century author looks askance at the
 
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