Posts Tagged ‘ford’

The Appearance of the “Last Responsible Moment”

October 9, 2011
Frederick W. Taylor

Frederick W. Taylor

Returning to the idea of “buttoned up.” Because of a series of seeming unrelated coincidences, I’ve become interested in the idea of the “Last Responsible Moment” (“LRM”), a decision-making process that is sure to not feel “buttoned up.”

I happened to see Karl Scotland retreating a tweet by Alistair Cockburn that Alistair had blogged about LRM and then, coincidentally, at least according to site stats, I had just noticed a series of searches on “Model T Ford” have brought people to my own blog. They were probably looking just looking for photos of the car more than to think about – and question – Frederic Taylor’s School of Scientific Management (a methodology that was Fountainhead of the Waterfall process).

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“We Look to Scientists to Settle Them”

April 5, 2011

A quick follow-up to my blog post on 4/4.  I just realized as I read this post by Laurent Bossavit, in which the author draws parallels between scientific method and the software development process discussion, applies to my question in my “Fool” post of how much we have to empirically evaluate our own opinions of “how to do.”  I’m not sure I was clear in that post, but I concluded that eventually we might have to “play the Fool” and just decide in the moment.

Reading Bossavit’s article increases my confidence in that conclusion as he says:

The trouble with opinions is that everyone has their own; you can always find one to suit any given prejudice. “Test-driven development reduces defect count”, says one expert; “test-driven development will wreck your architecture”, says the next.

Knowledge cannot be disseminated merely by everyone having a blog of their own. Blogs are great for voicing opinions – are they ever – and for having debates, but it’s unhealthy for debate to go on forever. We look to scientists for settling them.

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