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Interesting take on the latest news from Blackboard. The comments perhaps are the best bit of the article - and where the most cogent points are made.

This is a pretty telling point that resonates with my experience with most large scale technology projects:

Blackboard has chosen its strategy with Ultra. But by putting it off for so long there is now a lot of major work to be done instead of a steady stream of less risky changes/improvements.

Rather than ongoing and iterative updates, improvements and pruning you end up with something colossal that takes a massive amount of effort to change. Despite the rise of agile in development circles, it’s yet to make its way into the “Business As Usual” teams. And management? Fuhgeddaboudit.

Source: Blackboard’s Complexity Problems

Image: Teaching Chemistry by starmanseries shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

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Tags: Blackboard, LMS, complexity, versions, updates, iteration, incremental

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