Oral history of British science

Shirley, Stephanie (Part 9 of 15). An Oral History of British Science.

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    Computer Software

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    Interviewee's home, Henley-on-Thames

  • Interviewees

    Shirley, Stephanie, 1933- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Lean, Thomas (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 9: Comments on development of company practices: disguising unusual working arrangements; pricing arrangements, encouraging staff innovation and education; importance of risk analysis and work estimates. [06:15] Remarks on: problems on a job for Sheffield Regional Hospital Board, personnel problems, technical problems, feared impact of IBM IP/1 programming language, risk of training staff before winning jobs. [08:35] Comments on impact of changing technology on work of FI, emphasis on solid rather than cutting edge programming. [12:15] Description of changes in SS's role at FI: figurehead; the Percent Club charity group, also useful for meeting contacts; gradually handing over to HC. [15:45] Remarks on feelings about handing company over, attitudes of managers to their own positions, being ready to move on, not having trappings of success for a long time.

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    Interview with entrepreneur, computer scientist and philanthropist Dame Stephanie 'Steve' Shirley.

  • Related transcripts

    Dame Stephanie Shirley interviewed by Thomas Lean: full transcript of the interview

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    Visit this interviewee's page on the 'Voices of Science' web resource

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