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SofTech North Bay Software and Information Technology Association
Ten Ways to Fail – How to See Disaster Coming and How to Head It Off
January 23, 2013 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm , San Rafael Corporate Center, 750 Lindaro Street San Rafael
IT is viewed as an area of great danger and uncertainty by business executives because so many of these projects go astray.   Since there are many different ways that projects can get off track, it is helpful to know the key signs that an IT project is likely to fall short of its goals.


Signs of impending failure are grouped into five categories:

  • progress – or lack of it
  • management
  • processes & tools
  • team dynamics
  • complexity 
For each category, you’ll see at least five indicators of trouble.  But among the five, only two spell real trouble.  You’ll learn which two these are, why they represent particular dysfunctions, and what countermeasures you can take for each one.

Having learned these dysfunctions, you can take proactive steps to avoid them. These steps will be summarized in two ways:
  • Things you can do to prepare for the next project
  • Practical techniques for reducing project risk
John Levy, Ph.D.
John Levy helps business executives turn around underperforming ITprojects.  Drawing on over 30 years as a manager in the computer, software and storage industry, he focuses on aligning Business and IT, interpreting IT language into business terms and helping business executives express their needs in terms that produce workable IT solutions.
He has consulted in the consumer electronics, insurance, computer,software, and office equipment industries, helping to assure that every dollar spent on development leads to business value. Working at the intersection of business management and technology, John provides insight into what’s working and helps to eliminate what isn’t working.
John’s book on management of technologists, titled Get Out of the Way, was published in 2010. The book is focused on how to manage development to get timely, innovative and relevant products. 
John has been consulting for over 20 years, and has held engineering management positions with Quantum Corporation, Apple Computer, Tandem Computers, and Digital Equipment Corporation. He also consults as an expert witness in patent litigation related to computer, software and Internet technologies, and has been a technical advisor to two U.S. District Court judges.
He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University and engineering degrees from Cornell and Caltech.  He has further training in business mediation skills and in managing managers and professionals.


About the Organization:

SofTECH is a non-profit trade organization committed to fostering communication and cooperation for business and technology professionals in Northern California's Marin and Sonoma counties. Its goal is to identify and showcase technology leaders and support the technology user community.

SofTECH develops programs and provides meaningful networking opportunities for its members who include American River Ventures, Autodesk, Inc., Bank of Marin, Hanson Bridgett Marcus Vlahos & RudyLLP, iPost, JAG Wire Group, The K/A Group LLC, Phippen Design Group and Ridgecrest Marketing.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013


San Rafael Corporate Center
Tamalpais Room
750 Lindaro
San Rafael, CA 94901
parking & directions (PDF)

6:30 p.m.-7:15 p.m. Registration and Networking
7:15 p.m - 8:15 p.m Presentation
8:15 p.m -8:45 p.m Audience Q&A

Food and beverages will be served.


$20 at the door for non-members who did not register in advance

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