maanantai 9. marraskuuta 2009

The game of software

I'm currently reading "Dynamics of Software Development" by Jim McCarthy. What a great book. I was astonished after reading first few chapters, most stuff is straight from lean and agile. Only thing is that the book was published on 1995.

There's a lot of interesting views to software development in the book, and here's probably one of the bests:
"The game of software rewards and punishes those who play it well and foolishly according to its own nature and principles of. Don't worry about dispensing justice and arbitration. The game itself sorts things out many times more efficiently and intensely than you can." p. 91.

Even though I kind of agree with this, it requires a lot of responsibility from developers, they have to care about the product. If they don't care, "losing" in the game doesn't matter. But when they care, play the game!