Conceptual Integrity in Large Systems

The central argument of the Mythical Man Month from Fred Brooks is that conceptual integrity is the most important consideration in system design, and that conceptual integrity will only be achieved if the design comes from one, or a few resonant minds. I will contend that conceptual integrity is the most important consideration in system … Continue reading Conceptual Integrity in Large Systems

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Why a Calendar App is a Great Design Exercise

To check if a salesman is good, one classic is the "Sell me this pen" test. To check if a software designer is good, I propose the "Design me a calendar app" test. That was one of the topic we chose for the software engineering lab, and I loved the results. There are several reasons … Continue reading Why a Calendar App is a Great Design Exercise

10x

Fred Brooks started it all. In The Mythical Man Month, he quotes a study saying individual difference between low and high performers can vary by an order of magnitude Since then this myth of 10x productivity difference has persisted in our industry. Nowadays it's best seen in the use of words like rockstar, guru or … Continue reading 10x