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Another perspective on "engineering" in IT

Found a nice article about Margaret Hamilton, the lady who coined the term "software engineering".

Engineering—back in 1969 as well as here in 2020—carries a whole set of associated values with it, and one of the most important is the necessity of proofing for disaster before human usage. You don’t “fail fast” when building a bridge: You ensure the bridge works first.

Now be a good "networking engineer" and go and stretch another VLAN around the globe... ;)

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  1. I think “fail fast, fail often” get’s a bad rap because it’s perceived has meaning “be wreckless” while it’s really intended to mean (and should be worded as, imho) “fail early/small, try/test often”. As such, it’s actually sound engineering and business advice... Don’t wait until the very end of a project to learn that it won’t work and where fixing it (if possible) will be much more costly...


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  2. And what about making proper design, in the first place.
    On the opposite side, I prefer to (quoting Linus):
    "do it right way."
    I can only add: ", first time".
    Of course there will be mistakes, we are all humans,
    but bad design will generate endless technical debt.
    And there is no escape from that.

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