October 10, IBM Brussels


Silos, silos everywhere ... and plenty of data to link!

Agile transformation. Advancing agile success for better software and business innovationSilos are only seen as an inhibitor to communication and collaboration. Of course, I agree that anything that inhibits collaboration is a bad thing for software development and being committed to agile software development, I really believe collaboration is the key to productivity and quality. But thinking about how we got here, I’m not convinced it’s all bad...

Is the automotive code evolution an inflection point?

Is the automotive code evolution an inflection point?A century ago, assembly line production caused a paradigm shift in the automobile industry. With the production of software now constituting a significant proportion of the value of a modern car, the stage is set for a similar boost in efficiency with widespread adoption of tools and universal adherence to software standards...

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Walker Royce is the Chief Software Economist in IBM Software Group. He is a principal consultant and practice leader specializing in measured improvement of systems and software development capability. He is the author of three books: Eureka! Discover and enjoy the hidden power of the English language (Morgan James, 2011), The Economics of Software Development (Addison Wesley, 2009) and Software Project Management, A Unified Framework (Addison Wesley, 1998). From 1994 through 2009, Mr. Royce was the Vice President and General Manager of IBM’s Rational Services organization and built a worldwide team of 500 technical specialists in software delivery best practices and $100M in consulting services. Before joining Rational/IBM, Walker spent 16 years in software project development, software technology development, and software management roles at TRW Electronics & Defense. He was a recipient of TRW’s Chairman’s Award for Innovation for his contributions in distributed architecture middleware and iterative software processes in 1990 and was a TRW Technical Fellow. He received his BA in physics from the University of California and his MS in computer engineering from the University of Michigan.