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Re: [xml-dev] RE: XML As Fall Guy

Lost me sorry

I was referring to notion that tenders are incapable of producing a good result with software 'procurement'. An iterative process allowing for refinement of a solution (prototyping, code-as-design), that allows developers and domain experts to learn from each other, is the antithesis of 'procurement'.

All this discussion of logistics and quality control, engines, brakes etc. misses the point that I've tried to make that *software is different*, drawing analogies is actually dangerous (but something done all the time in our minds). I believe that you cannot separate the design from the production of software in any meaningful way.  Yes, TDD is quality control but aren't the tests software that have to be designed!


On Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 1:26 AM, <cbullard@hiwaay.net> wrote:
"Yet there is no mention of questioning the validity of the very notion of
 'procurement' itself"

Don't confuse artifacts and processes that meet requirements for cost transactions with software design.  The inability of software analysts to grasp the fundamentals of logistics is one of the drivers for the churn in software tools and products.

The essence of waterfall is not seeing over the wall.  Programmers in agile environments make the mistake of thinking they are the center of the transactions.  They are not.  They are an engine, not a steering wheel or a brake.



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