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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. 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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