My name is Nicolas Juneau and I am Coveo’s CFO (Chief Failure Officer). As the blog review team has yet to unpack a huge backlog of articles to review, I took this opportunity to write on this blog about a subject nobody wants me to talk about: patterns for project failure.
We all heard the conferences, we all read the articles: we know how to ensure a project’s success. After all, software engineering is a tried and true discipline as old as civil engineering. Julius Caesar successfully designed, wrote, and deployed his very own cipher back in the Roman empire, so we should have this figured out by now. Today, let’s take a break from articles teaching us what to do and let’s focus on something more entertaining: striving for failure.
Let me do what we always try to do on Star Trek: hopefully entertain you, perhaps even make you laugh a couple of times. And when your guard is down, slip in a heavy idea or two…
– Gene Rodenberry, “Inside Star Trek”, 1979