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How Elizabeth Warren made change happen

Courtesy: Reuters
Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren dreamed of protecting American consumers from what she calls the "tricks and traps" of some financial products. Facing huge challenges, she still went on to make the dream real by setting up a new federal agency called Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
The Dream-to-Reality journey took four years and here's a summary of the things she did to get there: Wrote down the problem and drew what the agency should look like Encouraged a hot debate over government's role in protecting consumers Spent hundreds of hours visiting with at least 80 members of Congress ... Grilled the Treasury Secretary Flew across America to talk to the heads of banks Wrote a book to get her message across to a large audience ... Wrote op-ed pieces Became a frequent TV guest Delivered invited speeches ... Sat on panels Made herself available to share thoughts with senators Built the agency largely to her specs Did not wait for permission to …

Software economics: focus on value, not just cost

"Software economics" used to be largely focused on the cost of developing software. Good to see Barry W. Boehm and Kevin J. Sullivan (with Carnegie Mellon University SEI affiliations) writing about software economics, but describing a "results chain" that focuses on value delivered.

You'll find the results chain discussion in their article titled "Software Economics: A Roadmap."

Although a bit old, the article is interesting in the context of the ongoing move from IT to BT (business technology), which is fundamentally a move toward architecting for business results.