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Software

Submission + - Scott Rosenberg: What Makes Software So Hard

lizzyben writes: The history of software development is marked by missed deadlines, blown budgets and broken promises. Author Scott Rosenberg, founding editor of Salon discusses this dysfunctional culture, and why it persists.

From the interview: "Software is basically entirely abstract, except for the screens, and the screens are what business people always end up focusing on. The insubstantiality of the product promotes the idea that, hey, why should it take so long? There's nothing there."

"A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked." -- John Gall, _Systemantics_

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