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Design Disaster


In an attempt to gain an understanding of the software design he was carrying around in his head, I sat down with a colleague and started talking face to face with him. To facilitate the conversation, I started sketching my emergent understanding of his design in my notebook. As you can see, by the time we finished talking, 20 minutes later, I ran out of ink and I wasn’t much better off than before we started the conversation:

Design Scribble

If I had a five year old son, I would proudly magnetize my sketch on the fridge right next to his drawings.

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  1. September 18, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Eraseable media like whiteboards are de rigueur…just like Edison’s perspiration & inspiration quote, 99% of what’s drawn winds up wiped out and the 1% endures.

    • September 18, 2014 at 11:09 am

      In this specific case, 0% is unendurable.

      • September 18, 2014 at 11:15 am

        For those, the whiteboard also is a means of destroying the evidence 😉

      • September 18, 2014 at 11:19 am

        I should probably rip the page out of my notebook and can it. But since no one, not even I, can make sense of it, I’ll let it stay. Unintentional encryption at it’s finest.

      • September 18, 2014 at 11:25 am

        Love it – forget the Babel fish, you need a babble fish!

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