Cargo Cult Software Engineering

If this SteveMcConnell article does not help your PointyHairedBoss "get it", nothing will:


I never really 'got' the term CargoCult until I read this. SteveMcConnell denies the distinction between ProcessOriented? development and CommitmentOriented? development by reframing it as a competence vs. incompetence issue.


Without decent science and metrics, it's all Cargo Cult: one big ArgumentFromAuthority. Software Engineering suffers massive DisciplineEnvy. The quantity of documents and meetings is indeed a (semi) objective metric. However, it suffers from SovietShoeFactoryPrinciple in that it's one metric among many that need measuring. --top


Also called MovieSetXp, or using a PotemkinProcess.
See CargoCult, CargoCultProgramming
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