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James Robertson


JAMES ROBERTSON has worked on almost every type of commercial data processing project. His experience has led him to write numerous seminars and papers that are well respected as sources of new software development ideas. As well as teaching his seminars, he now works at advising companies on how to adapt modern software development techniques to fit specific projects, and how to effectively transfer the new technologies to the software developers within the organization.

His career started in 1969 when he was part of a team building one of the first Australian on-line banking systems to use a minicomputer as the host for a terminal network. James moved on to head up the data processing department of Time-Life Australia. Here he added managerial skills to his growing portfolio of projects.

Since then he has formed a solid partnership with his wife, Suzanne, to consult on numerous large-scale projects in Europe and the United States. Among these was the analysis of a television air-time sales system for one of the independent television companies. This was later adapted to become the case study for their ground-breaking book Complete Systems Analysis: The Workbook, the Textbook, the Answers (Dorset House, 1994).

James continually investigates ways of how to make abstract concepts accessible and useful to systems builders. During the last five years, his research has focused on the development of object-oriented systems, use of client/server and technology transfer techniques.

In partnership with Tom DeMarco, Tim Lister, Steve McMenamin, and John Palmer, James and Suzanne founded the Atlantic System Guild in 1983. The guild is a New York and London based think tank for the advancement of system development techniques. Guild principals have written numerous books and seminars that are among the most successful in software development history.

James studied architecture at the University of New South Wales, and Information Processing at the New South Wales Institute of Technology. When he is not researching and developing software, James can be found on the skiing or photographing nature in the French Alps.

Bibliography: James Robertson

Adrenaline Junkies
and Template Zombies:
Understanding Patterns
of Project Behavior

(with Tom DeMarco, Peter Hrushka, Tim Lister, Steve McMenamin, and Suzanne Robertson)

ISBN: 978-0-932633-67-5
©2008    248 pages    softcover  
$35.95 (plus shipping)


Complete Systems Analysis:
The Workbook, the Textbook, the Answers
(with Suzanne Robertson)

ISBN: 978-0-932633-50-7  
©1998, 1994   624 pages   softcover
$57.95 (plus shipping)

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