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Friday, August 17, 2007

Interlude

This looked so interesting I had to post it:

"Myths in Software Engineering" -

A few of my favorite myths:

- Software development consists of discrete, separate activities that can be organized into phases

- The best way to make the *overall* process effective is to have efficient specialists for each phase

- These specialists should produce artifacts that are "intermediate work products", to be handed off to the next person in the chain

... and my personal favorite:

- If you didn't write it down, it didn't happen.

If you enjoy this kind of thing, there is a great little book called "Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering" that goes into much more detail. If I recall correctly, fallacy #1 is "Without metrics, you can't manage."

What are some of your favorite myths in software engineering?

2 comments:

Jared said...

"I can't test without requirements"

And pretty much anything to do with testing that someone prefixes with "You must..." :)

Siddharta said...

Re: Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering - Fantastic book. I really love Robert Glass' writings. His columns in the Communication of the ACM are also good.