underspecified cakes

Posted in Technology trends at 10:39 am by ducky

Coté riffed on the cake analogy in my last posting. If I understand him right, he seems to be saying that, just as you scramble to figure out what cake your boss wants by consulting other information sources, you should scramble to figure out what to do when your software process is underspecified.

I’m not sure that’s a perfect analogy, since in the cake analogy, you had other sources of information about the boss’ desires. You had access to your boss’ schedule, phonelist, and permission to act on their behalf. For underspecified software, you would have to use a lot more imagination to figure out just what it should look like, and your management might not give you the time or budget to do so. 🙁

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  1. cote said,

    January 24, 2007 at 10:55 am

    Absolutely. Rather than being a perfect fit, I thought the sentiment of the analogy fit well: instead of giving up because the system is broken, try to stay afloat with what you have and then work towards what you’d like.

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