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Date: November 15, 2005
Topic: Coping with Litigation in IT Project Failures
Speaker: Ed Yourdon


"Software gurus Tom DeMarco and Tim Lister estimate that lawsuits involving software project failures and intellectual property (IP) disputes consume an amount equal to 15% of all IT budgets in the U.S. -- and yet it's not part of the typical budget for an IT project, and most project managers (as well as their business clients) are utterly clueless about how best to minimize and manage the risks associated with such litigation.

"Now that more and more IT-related work is being outsourced to vendors across town, across the country, or the other side of the world, the vendor-client relationship is growing ever more formal -- and thus more susceptible to expensive, time-consuming, frustrating litigation. Meanwhile, IT projects are growing ever larger, ever more expensive, and ever riskier.

"Many project managers seem to assume that project failures are associated with technology -- e.g., the failure to properly use the latest version of object-oriented technology or wireless computing -- but IT consultant Ed Yourdon has discovered, through the litigation-support work he has done during the past decade -- that most failures involve nothing more than "Project Management 101." His talk to the SPIN chapter will summarize the common litigation risks associated with IT projects, and some practical strategies for minimizing and managing them.

About the Speaker

Edward Yourdon is an internationally-recognized computer consultant, as well as the author of more than two dozen books, including Byte Wars, Managing High-Intensity Internet Projects, Death March, Rise and Resurrection of the American Programmer, and Decline and Fall of the American Programmer.

His latest book, Outsource: competing in the global productivity race, discusses both current and future trends in offshore outsourcing, and provides practical strategies for individuals, small businesses, and the nation to cope with this unstoppable tidal wave.

According to the December 1999 issue of Crosstalk: The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, Ed Yourdon is one of the ten most influential men and women in the software field.

In June 1997, he was inducted into the Computer Hall of Fame, along with such notables as Charles Babbage, Seymour Cray, James Martin, Grace Hopper, Gerald Weinberg, and Bill Gates.

Yourdon is widely known as the lead developer of the structured analysis/design methods of the 1970s, as well as co-developer of the Yourdon/Whitehead method of object-oriented analysis/design and the popular Coad/Yourdon OO methodology of the late 1980s and 1990s.?

Yourdon has worked in the computer industry for 40 years, beginning when Digital Equipment Corporation hired him in 1964 to write the FORTRAN math library for the PDP-5 and the assembler for the popular PDP-8 minicomputer. During his career, he has worked on over 25 different mainframe computers and was involved in a number of pioneering computer technologies, such as time-sharing operating systems and virtual memory systems.

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