The TLDR is simple: if you have a disappearing/reappearing bug, just run it again.
This paper reads like an old man yelling at clouds, but then, half way through, he simply writes a better cloud. (This metaphor is pretty awkward given cloud computing.)
I went to dig into some of the sources cited in Peopleware (see my previous two blog posts), and I fell in love with this 1984 article on Japan’s software industry and Hitachi Software Engineering. It’s a look into a company that feels like peak-era IBM: much bureaucracy and even more success.
I’m not in management, but damned if I don’t love a good management paper. Today it’s Frederick Herzberg’s “One More Time: How Do You Motivate Employees,” where I learn to not kick an employee.
An 1984 paper that models the time it takes to complete a project, and show what happens when you pull are up against bad deadlines. The answer will not surprise you!