Showing posts from February, 2012

Talents Come In Many Different Combinations

"Talents come in many different combinations...

Organizations must be designed around the people available, not people fitted into pure-therory organizations.

...the man with strong management talent and strong technical talent is rarely found. Thinkers are rare; doers are rarer; and thinker-doers are rarest."
(emphasis mine)

-Why Did the Tower of Babel Fail?, p80, The Mythical Man-Month by Fred Brooks

Don't Forget The Role Of Architect (Software)

"The architect of a system, like the architect of a building, is the user's agent. It is his job to bring professional and technical knowledge to bear in the unalloyed interest of the user, as opposed to the interests of the salesman, the fabricator, etc.

... the architect sits at the focus of forces which he must ultimately resolve in the user's interest. If a system is to have conceptual integrity, someone needs to control the concepts. That is an aristocracy that needs no apology."
(emphasis mine)

-Aristocracy, Democracy and System Design, p45, The Mythical Man-Month by Fred Brooks`