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Thinking Upside Down
The Why Diarize Song
by Andy Dent
November 1, 2007
Summary
A shower song to remind me why it's useful to write down alternatives and reasoning.

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If you're happy you decided, write it down!
If you're happy you decided, write it down!
If you're happy you decided, for your future's sake don't hide it.
If you're happy you decided, write it down!

If you've thought of alternatives, then write them down!
If you've thought of alternatives, then write them down!
If you've thought of alternatives, which later might be missed,
If you've thought of alternatives, then write them down!

If you've got some different angles, write them down!
If you've got some different angles, write them down!
If you've got some different angles, which in memory might be mangled,
If you've got some different angles, write them down!


The original Diary-Driven Design home page discusses the ideas in a bit more serious fashion with examples.

I was thinking about a recent chain of decision making with regards to a hardware purchase and thought, I should record these decisions the same way I do in software design decisions, especially for the ones I'm going to stew about. Add hot water and the song was born!

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About the Blogger

Andy is a free-lance developer in C++, REALbasic, Python, AJAX and other XML technologies. He works out of Perth, Western Australia for a local and international clients on cross-platform projects with a focus on usability for naive and infrequent users. Included in his range of interests are generative solutions, software usability and small-team software processes. He still bleeds six colors, even though Apple stopped, and uses migration projects from legacy Mac OS to justify the hardware collection.

This weblog entry is Copyright © 2007 Andy Dent. All rights reserved.

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