When we were children, we were scared of monsters. These horrible demons would appear in our dreams, and our imagination ... it was frightening! Managing software projects have often been described in terms that approach these childhood fears ... scope creeps, cost overruns, or just plain lack of effective communication between software geeks and "normal folk" (not sure where I fit on this spectrum!).
Even though I may make light of this problem, this issue is very serious and costs organizations huge amounts of money. If you ever get involved with managing software projects, take some time to listen to at least one, if not both of these podcast interviews with the author of the new book: Dreaming in Code. The byline for this book states:
"Dreaming in Code: Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs, and One Quest for Transcendent Software"
As the book's author, Scott Rosenberg, is actually a journalist ... as much as any journalist can be described as "normal", this would describe Scott; he is not one of the "geeks"!
- Podcast #1: Dreaming in Code - Open Source Conversations