“What are you doing here?” they asked.
They were construction foremen, superintendents and project
managers attending a course in construction planning from the Lean
Construction Institute (LCI). Indeed, what was I doing there?
I started to explain: “In software development, we are told we
should manage our projects like construction projects, where a
building is designed at the start, cost and schedule are
predictable, and customers get what they expect.”
Silence. “You're kidding, right?” “No, honest, that's what
Incredulity turns to laughter. The idea that programmers would
want to manage projects like the construction industry strikes my
classmates as ludicrous.
There's an old programming joke: “If builders built buildings the way
programmers write programs, the first woodpecker that came along would
destroy civilization.” It sounds like it may not be that much of a joke any
Mark just sent me a link to Logomotto, a silly page that mixes a randomly selected logo with a randomly selected motto (just now I got the Homeland Security logo with the motto “Can you hear me now?”).
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