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).
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.
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
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.
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