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Good Enough Software
Summary: Pragmatic Programmers Andy Hunt and Dave Thomas talk with Bill Venners about the myth of bug-free software, the importance of specifying level of quality as a system requirement, and the need for every team member to inject quality throughout the development cycle.
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    Posts: 409 / Nickname: bv / Registered: January 17, 2002 4:28 PM
    Good Enough Software
    March 17, 2003 2:25 AM      
    Dave Thomas says, "If you go in assuming that you can produce bug-free software, that attitude changes how you write the software. You tend to get arrogant, or at least complacent, about the actual code that you write."

    Read this interview with Dave Thomas and Andy Hunt:

    Here's another excerpt:

    Andy Hunt: What features are most important is not always clear up front. It's not even always clear to users. You need to be prepared to rock and roll and be flexible a bit. There's a kind of Heisenberg effect as you put a system into production and real users start using it. The act of introducing the system changes how the users work. It's almost impossible up front to be sure you know what the user wants, and then implement that perfectly. The very act of introducing your software into the user's world changes the game.

    What do you think of Dave and Andy's comments?