Sunday, March 8, 2009
Crash: Ten Easy Ways to Avoid a Computer Disaster by Tony Collins @ Rm40.00
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd - 1997-06-02
Hardcover | 400 Pages
In this book, Tony Collins spells out the finer points of project failures. He deals with the nitty gritty of some of the most expensive computer blunders made, both in the public and private sectors, in language that is easily understood and not full of techno jargon. This book is a must for anyone, customer or developer, thinking on embarking on a computer project. Tony lists what he calls the 10 deadly sins, and explains how each sin has contributed to a particular disaster. He reveals inside information on projects like the Wessex Health Authority catastrophe which cost the taxpayer over £60m, and how the government went on to reward those responsible. Like Fred Brooks' Mythical Man Month, this book should be compulsory reading in every college and university that teaches any computer related subjects. As a third year Compute Science student at Durham University, it certainly opened my eyes.