By Johann Rost

Betrayal! Corruption! software program engineering?Industry specialists Johann Rost and Robert L. Glass discover the seamy underbelly of software program engineering during this well timed file on and research of the prevalance of subversion, mendacity, hacking, and espionage on each point of software program undertaking administration. in accordance with the authors' unique examine and augmented by means of frank dialogue and insights from different well-respected figures, The darkish facet of software program Engineering is going the place different administration reports worry to tread -- a company surroundings the place schedules are fabricated, belief is betrayed, thousands of bucks are misplaced, and there's a critical want for the type of corrective motion that this booklet eventually proposes.

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During the presentation, it became completely clear that a large group of professors were totally against the project and wanted it cancelled (perhaps even the majority of professors shared this sentiment). This group, however, did not have enough of an argument against the system. That is, they did not have enough of a legitimate argument. Of course the professors had more than enough (secret) reasons to wish for the cancellation of the project. indd 19 12/6/2010 10:31:41 AM 20 CHAPTER 1 SUBVERSION reasons, however, could not be brought into discussion—the reasons had to do with the sideline consulting business.

But I was prepared. I knew what information would be needed, and I had spent the last three weeks getting it from the different people. Now only some details were lacking. But I knew I could provide them myself, and at eight in the evening, everything was done. I could send the missing information to everyone who was involved. So it was official: I talked to the union and sent all the information they needed. ’ How did I know that they were subversive at all? No one told me, but during the user training sessions, some of the union members were in my course, and I felt strong resistance.

There is a large body of knowledge (which is hundreds of years old) about how to thwart the efforts of political tricksters. An effective defense would have first required learning some of it. The project lead, her peers, the management, and the other members of the technical staff were all ignorant of the patterns, ignorant of political attackers, or simply unaware of the attacks. Here is what they did: The project lead had a nervous breakdown and hasn’t recovered since; the manager quit in disgust and retired from the industry.

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