From The Editor

“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” –   Albert Einstein.

This was one of the quotes from the Mini Summit on Disrupting Technology Management which took place during the June ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7 Plenary, followed by a QESP-sponsored Networking Lunch. The Mini Summit gave project and technology professionals the chance to hear from international speakers attending the Plenary on the latest trends that are impacting business and guiding the latest standards. For some highlights from the Event, including the Question & Answer Sessions and links to other resources, see below, Disrupting Technology Management – Lessons Learned.

“Chairs provide great support during long meetings, but they may also be holding us back”

A June 12, 2014 ScienceDaily article gives some research findings which will be good news for Agile stand-ups (not to mention stand-up comedians.) The participants in the study wore small sensors around their wrists to measure “physiological arousal”, a novel contribution to the relatively new study of organizational behaviour and office design.  See below, Standing up gets groups more fired up for team work.

How important are actual certifications in getting IT jobs these days? Do employers care about diplomas and certifications if a candidate has demonstrated experience?”

The author asks these questions at the end of a May 2014 TPM / Techpost Media LinkedIn Group post, sparking some interesting discussion from a range of hirers and job seekers, see below  Does experience make IT certifications irrelevant?

“Why are we so woefully poor at estimating software projects?”

This question is asked , and answered, in an April 08, 2014 Dr Dobbs article, Software Estimation: How Misperceptions Mean We Almost Always Get It Wrong,  see below.

And on a topical note, the Forum features some ScienceDaily research from RMIT University in Melbourne on the productivity of top goalscorers in international football, see below  Examining soccer players’ productivity.

Current Issue

Articles in the current Issue cover:

Disrupting Technology Management – Lessons Learned

“The  global  use  of  IT  has  enabled  social  change beyond what was imagined 20 or even 10 years ago. But is IT management better than it used to be? We’ll look at some of the IT challenges facing managers, how IT management is changing, and what new standards are doing to help.”

Standing up gets groups more fired up for team work

“Our study shows that even a small tweak to a physical space can alter how people work with one another.”

Does experience make IT certifications irrelevant?

“Confession time… I’ve never gotten a college degree or even a single certification for information technology. I’ve managed to build my career by learning on the job.” 

Software Estimation: How Misperceptions Mean We Almost Always Get It Wrong

“Software developers are among the smartest people on the planet and often boast advanced degrees in mathematics, engineering, or computer science….. So how is it that despite such technical savvy and programming prowess, they are so woefully poor at project estimation?”  



Examining soccer players’ productivity

“The researchers applied advanced econometric techniques to a sample of 66? top goal scorers in the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) ?Champions League between 1991 and 2011.”


Ted Smillie

QESP Chairman