Software engineering is an industry notable for its strongly-held beliefs. Sometimes, we are also noted for our inability to reflect on those beliefs and question whether there is a factual basis underlying them.
While our beliefs usually serve us well, there are times when they don’t, especially when we believe something lacking in truthfulness. In such cases, we are likely to be led astray by our misguided notions, making us no different than our fellow humans, as best captured in the following quote:
What gets us into trouble
is not what we don’t know
It’s what we know for sure
that just ain’t…
“Prediction is very difficult…
J. Meadows is a technologist with decades of experience in software development, management, and numerical analysis.