5 Easy Questions for Robert L. Glass

In some earlier posts I published interviews with Steve McConnell, Johanna Rothman, Alistair Cockburn and Scott Berkun. This time I will give you the (very concise) answers given by Robert L. Glass.

Robert L. Glass is the author of Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering, listed at #84 on the Top 100 Best Software Engineering Books, Ever. Bob is the editor and publisher of The Software Practitioner, a newsletter for which yours truly writes a regular column. (You can find a free copy of The Software Practitioner here.) Robert Glass himself writes regular columns for Communications of the ACM and IEEE Software. He is currently serving as a visiting professor at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, and he has his own site at www.robertlglass.com.

These are the five questions I asked Robert, and the answers that he gave me…

1. What has been the toughest challenge in your past?

Trying to bridge the communication chasm between software academe and practice.

2. What is the main source of inspiration for what you do?

The desire to cut through the all-too-common hype and engage in truth-seeking.

3. What activity should be on every manager's daily list?

Communicating accurately and truthfully with his/her people.

4. What can we learn from you in the near future?

I'm retired, so I don't see anything
profound coming from me! But my goal, in all my communicating (which is
ongoing), is to entertain with interesting/insightful information.

5. What is more interesting than software development?

Interesting? A good
reading/viewing/listening experience.

Important? Improving international
relations, especially (you may not want to include this) overcoming the George
W. Bush blunders.

Well, these are the answers given by Robert L. Glass. I hope you liked them. (Note: This series will be put on hold during my vacation. Things will be picked up again in a couple of weeks.)

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