James H. Frame

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James Hartwell Frame (1928 - 1997), was born 1928 in Chicago, died 1997 in East Meredith, New York, was a computer pioneer who transformed software development from the art form of its hectic unstructured early days into the science of a predictable and manageable methodology.

His long and distinguished career in software development management began with IBM during the early days of System 360 development, continued as the first Director of the IBM Santa Teresa Laboratory in Silicon Valley with responsibility for all programming language development, and culminated at ITT where he was vice-president heading the software division and became one of the early champions of software quality metrics as a solution to the reliability problems plaguing the industry.

In 1962, journalist Chet Huntley interviewed Frame along with fellow IBMers John Iverson, Bill Kelly, Tom McDonald and Warren Hume about the advent of IBM's computer solutions to the small business owner, the 1440 Data Processing System. It features rare looks at the San Jose facility that developed the 1440.[1]

Following his corporate career he founded a successful consulting business, James Frame Enterprises (JFE), specializing in assessments and recommendations for improving software development methodologies for corporate clients in the telecom industry.

Frame was educated at St. John's College, Annapolis, MD, where he served on the Board of Visitors and Governors.


  1. ^ Huntley, Chet. "IBM Presents 1440 Data Processing System - 1962". YouTube. Techworks!. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 

See Pugh, et al. "IBM's 360 and Early 370 Systems", published MIT Press, 1991, pages 322-333, 344.