Software Engineering Quotes

December 1, 2005 at 4:10 pm | Posted in Quotes, Software Engineering | 2 Comments

I came across an interesting collection on quotes on Software Engineering and thought I ll share it here….

Software Engineering Quotes

My favourite ones from here are :

A leader is best when people barely know that he exists.
Less good when they obey and acclaim him.
Worse when they fear and despise him.
Fail to honor people, and they fail to honor you.
But of a good leader, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
they will say, “We did this ourselves.”

— Lao-Tzu

… while we all know that unmastered complexity is at the root of the misery, we do not know what degree of simplicity can be obtained, nor to what extent the intrinsic complexity of the whole design has to show up in the interfaces. We simply do not know yet the limits of disentanglement. We do not know yet whether intrinsic intricacy can be distinguished from accidental intricacy.

— E. W. Dijkstra, Communications of the ACM, Mar 2001, Vol. 44, No. 3


History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree on. – Napoleon Bonaparte, “Maxims”



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  1. Lao-Tzu’s quote is ok as long as you understand that not all teams that say “We did this ourselves” might have good leaders. In fact if the leader doesn’t have a clue as to what he’s doing, the team would still say “We did this ourselves” 🙂

  2. Well, I guess that could be the case… ;-)–>

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