Elizabeth Thomsen, NOBLE
Elizabeth energetically spoke on the world of software in general: how it is developed, how it should be viewed, and what is necessary to making good software:
- Her basic message: Software is easy!
- Software should be designed to be used by people. Therefore, any shortcomings of the software is the fault of the programmers, and users can't be blamed for errors
- Communication is vital to development, both amongst programmers and between programmers and users; users should be seen as co-developers
- Design is important, as poor design can hide even the best features
- A few quotes from Brook's Law to underscore pitfalls with software development:
- "Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later"
- "Childbirth takes nine months no matter how many women are assigned to the task"
- Elizabeth Thomsen, NOBLE
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