Massive Accountability19 Aug 2006 / Paul Epps
Maybe you’ve noticed that most software sucks.
Maybe you’ve wondered — if you work in the software business — why our aspirations are so low compared with the possibilities of our profession.
Maybe you’ve wondered what, if anything, could be done about this.
Here’s a fun story about the benefits of really holding people accountable for the shoddy quality of their work.
A moderate gale destroyed the flimsy structure, and the King, thinking that to publicly rebuke the contractors might have a good effect on the next set, called them out before the army and had them beheaded. In the next ten minutes he let a new contract for the bridge. It has been observed by ancient writers that the second bridge was a very good bridge.
Res ipsa loquitor.