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Fred Brooks — Universal Principles

Inspired by — Fred Brooks

Controlling the concepts

dockheads, by Phil Hilfiker

In The Mythical Man-Month, Fred Brooks asks:

Won’t one get a better product by getting the good ideas from all the team, following a democratic philosophy, rather than restricting the development of specifications to a few?

He answers that while we might get more ideas by asking more people, and miss out on some good ideas by not asking them, the answer is “no”. It is more important to have a set of few coherent and consistent good ideas than a motley mix of many great. In his own words:

All my own experience convinces me, that the conceptual integrity of a system determines it’s ease of use. [...] If a system is to have conceptual integrity, someone must control the concepts. That is an aristocracy that needs no apology.

December 19, 2009   Comments Off