Principle — No dark corners

Trust your instincts

primal instincts, by By WinstonWong*Lately, I’ve been working on a small project at work. When it started I had to make some initial decisions, one of which was a choice between two very similar options. I didn’t fully understand the difference between them, so I just chose one and continued.

Somewhere, I felt that I probably should have taken a few moments to understand that difference, because it did feel rather important. But I felt rushed, so I didn’t.

Halfway into the project, we encountered a problem that forced me to redo most of the work. Guess what was the cause? That very uninformed choice, of course. Had I spent 10 minutes more up front, I’d saved myself several hours of of rework.

Moral of the story? Trust your instincts. Don’t ignore that uneasy feeling that something is not quite right.

May 28, 2011   2 Comments

Fear is not your enemy

December 11, 2010   Comments Off

Obviously no deficiencies

Manifesto!, by Breno PeckMaking a quick jump to computer science, I’ll quote C. A. R. Hoare, British computer scientist perhaps most famous for developing the quicksort algorithm.

There are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult.

Everyone can create something which works some of the time, but how many can create something that works all of the time?

January 24, 2010   Comments Off