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From Space Shuttle to Software

February 21, 2008

This article, Richard Feynman, the Challenger Disaster, and Software Engineering, really struck a nerve. It's very well written and well thought out. I'll jump right to the conclusions of this article:

  • Engineering can only be as good as its relationship with management. (Right!)
  • Big design up front is foolish. (Amen, brother)
  • Software has much in common with other engineering disciplines. (Much in common, but not everything.)
  • Reliable systems are built by rigorously tested, incremental bottom-up engineering with an 'attitude of highest quality'. (This sentence is so my motto!)

If your serious about what you do as a professional software craftsman, then go read this article.

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Jan Van Ryswyck

Thank you for visiting my blog. I’m a professional software developer since Y2K. A blogger since Y2K+5. Provider of training and coaching in XP practices. Curator of the Awesome Talks list. Past organizer of the European Virtual ALT.NET meetings. Thinking and learning about all kinds of technologies since forever.

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