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Personal blog about design engineering and software

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Male Morning-After Contraception

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 20:13:15 +0000

This paper was composed as an exercise in criticising the design of experiments. You may wish to test your scientific acumen by identifying as many fallacies as you can – then compare these with your favorite experiment in software engineering. Overview Recent work on contraception has begun to shift from exclusive attention to the female...

The Cost Challenges of System of Systems

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:30:12 +0000

The Department of Defense (DoD) has migrated from a platform-based acquisition strategy to one focused on delivering capabilities. Instead of delivering a fighter aircraft or an unmanned air vehicle, contractors are now being asked to deliver the right collection of hardware and software to meet specific wartime challenges. This means that much of the burden...

Large Software Systems. Back to Basics

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:10:00 +0000

Today when we launch a software project, its likelihood of success is inversely proportional to its size. The Standish Group reports that the probability of a successful software project is zero for projects costing $10 million or more [1]. This is because the complexity of the problem exceeds one person’s ability to comprehend it. According...