Search results - Software disasters and what we can learn from them
|Type||Day and Weekend|
1 Wellington Square
|Dates||Sat 26 Jan 2013|
|Application status||Course cancelled|
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Software fiascos – what happened, can we learn from them? Are governments more susceptible? How do they affect us? Is software peculiarly vulnerable? We mention some scandals that have occurred in a non-software context, and consider whether the problem is large projects rather than large software systems. Do big engineering projects always overrun and go over budget? What is particular to software in this regard.
How do we know something went wrong and can we believe what we read in the papers? Is blame ever apportionable? Are we making the same mistakes, over and over again? Why do governments appear particularly prone to these disasters?
In each case we look at: what seems to have happened, what may have caused it, whether it could have been prevented and whether there are any lessons to be learned. As we look at each disaster, we keep a ledger of “best practices” that seem to have been neglected and we look for commonalties.
We consider: The ambulance dispatch service system, the airport luggage handling system, rocket control systems, and several large government systems including a recent one associated with the National Health Service.
Finally, we discuss whether you might be involved in a potential disaster and how you would know. Are there warning signs? How should you react (bearing in mind that a doomsayer is often pilloried). Last, we look at new projects that one might predict to be vulnerable.
Programme details9.45am Registration
10.00am Initial quick tour of notable software disasters?
10.30am Coffee / tea
11.00am 1st and 2nd case studies
2.00pm 3rd and 4th case studies
3.00pm Tea / coffee
3.30pm 5th case study
Pulling together the common points. Overview of present day good practice.
5.00pm Course disperses
Dr Robert Lockhart
Role: Director of Studies
Director of Studies for Computing and Mathematics, OUDCE
Mr Julian Gallop
has an MA in Mathematics and a Diploma in Computer Science both from Cambridge University. At the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, he has long...more
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- Programme Fee
- Tuition (includes coffee/tea): £80.00
- Baguette: £3.50
- Full lunch: £11.00