A public forum for discussing the design of software, from the user interface to the code architecture. Now closed.
I like Bob Lewis' (Keep the Joint Running) quote on design which sort of extentds the Chrysler quote:
Design is the only phase of the project where you can add value faster than you add costs.
Note, it doesn't say you necessarily add value, just that it's the only part of the project where you might be able to add more value than costs.
I think that's one of the reasons RAD (rapid app dev) works so well for software is that design isn't seen as a separate thing to be done once; instead each thing you work on gets its design based on the needs at the time and can be quickly changed when the users (or developrs or builders) see what doesn't work. That's not quite so possible in hardware such as cars or buildings, although a deep pocket company can do a reasonable facsimile building small cheap things such as cell phones.
Friday, January 27, 2006
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