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Silicon Crisis? How Info Tech Poses Risk for Electric Restructuring

Fortnightly Magazine - November 1 1998

further implementation of restructuring until the Year 2000 problem is behind us.

Stanley A. Klein holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and a D. Sc. in Operations Research. He is Principal Consultant of Stan Klein Associates, LLC, offering consulting and training in computers, communications, and management science, with a focus on technical issues analysis and system strategies. He is also active in committees of the IEEE Power Engineering Society. He can be reached at (301) 881-4087 or e-mail

1 The FERC and California restructurings have used or considered using the UCA where relevant. There appears to be much less awareness of the UCA in other restructuring efforts.

2 Frederick Brooks, The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, Addison-Wesley, 1975 (republished 1995)

3 E. Yourdon, Death March, Prentice Hall, 1997. Yourdon's definition also includes projects required to provide more than double the accepted norms of performance.

4 The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power Engineering Society (PES) 1998 Winter Meeting, at a session sponsored by the Control Center Subcommittee.

5 These are among the issues in the "Dumpster Avoidance Assessment" described in S. A. Klein, "Putting Methodology in Perspective from a Project Risk Viewpoint," panel presentation summary submitted for 1999 IEEE/PES Winter Meeting.

6 For example, at about the same time that the California ISO/PX project started, the banking industry was being ordered by its regulators to become prepared to begin Year 2000 testing by December 1998.

7 For a summary, see S. A. Klein, "Who's Listening," Energy, March 1998. For a detailed discussion, see S. A. Klein, "Information Security Implications of FERC Orders 888/889 and Related Industry Restructuring," Stan Klein Associates Report 96-1, September 1996.


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