Software Development Process and Jurassic Park

05 February 2012 on software and architecture.

When I like a movie, I used to see it a lot of times! That’s why I usually remember the actors, main scenes and some dialogs. Surprisingly, that information could be useful to explain about software related staff.

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For example, one of my favorites quotes, when I talk with “process guys” about software development process, came from Jurassic Park I (1993). Here’s the dialog:

Henry Wu: You’re implying that a group composed entirely of female animals will … breed?

Dr. Ian Malcolm: No, I’m, I’m simply saying that life, uh,… finds a way

So, when they want have full control over defining, over restricting or over documenting; I used to explain them that life finds a way. I mean, no matter how hard they work to define procedures and match all the cases, people will find a way to do what they want (work or work less; deliver quickly, solve problems, etc.).

It’s better to be flexible, use points of control and adapt constantly according to the context. Following an empiric process, could be a better approach.

Happy hacking!

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