April 2015

Recipe for Success

CHAOS Tuesday #83 is titled “Recipe for Success”   This is a special single segment show dedicated to an example case for our recipe of success and CRAPOLA. This case is a good example of a modernization project.  One of the highlights is the idea of wandering software.  Margaret Olson provides the example and the example is a project she ran for the Map division of Nokia. Margaret is a member of the Boston CTO Club.  She helped found both Constant Contact and Plum.  We also review Jeff Sutherland’s new book: Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half The time.  BTW: Jeff is also a member of the Boston CTO Club.

In this show we explore:

  • Recipe for Success
  • More CRAPLOA
  • Modernization
  • Wandering Software
  • Twice the Work in Half the Time

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Margaret Olson

Margaret Olson is a seasoned software executive and serial entrepreneur. She was most recently Senior Director of Social Platform at Nokia and is currently looking for her next adventure. In 2005 Margaret co-founded Plum, acquired in September 2009 by Nokia. Plum was one of the first web and mobile applications for private social networking and group conversations, targeted at real world social groups such as families, close friends and co-workers. In 1997 Margaret was one of the two people in an attic that created the powerhouse that became Constant Contact. As CTO she was responsible for the SaaS system that scaled Constant Contact from it's early days to profitability.


Rick Brutti

Rick Brutti has more than 30 years as an entrepreneur and business consultant, assisting companies in raising capital and financial management.


Jeff Sutherland

Jeff Sutherland is CEO, Scrum, Inc. Scrum Inc. does Scrum training and publishing. As one of the inventors of Scrum, he is also chair of the Scrum Foundation and Senior Advisor and Agile Coach to Openview Venture Partners. Jeff started his career as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force where he achieved Top Gun status in 1967 and flew 100 combat missions over North Vietnam. His last two tours of duty were at Stanford University where he received a M.S. in Statistics and the United States Air Force Academy where he taught Mathematics, Statistics, and Probability and a PHD from University of Colorado School of Medicine.



Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson is the founder and chairman of The Standish Group. He has been professionally involved in the computer industry for over 40 years and has a long list of published books, papers, articles and speeches. He has a combination of technical, marketing, and research achievements focused on mission-critical applications and technology. He is best known for his research on project performance and early recognizing technology trends. Jim is a pioneer of modern research techniques and continues to advance in the research industry through case-based analytical technology.


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