The Prepared Mind

Chance favors the prepared mind.
— Louis Pasteur
Louis Pasteur

Today is the dumbest day of the rest of your life. If you’re doing a software project, you should know at least a little bit more about the project tomorrow than you do today, the next day a little bit more, and so on.

Don’t get into detailed decisions and plans at the beginning of the project. Defer decisions to the last responsible moment; that’s when you’ll have the best information available.

Upfront planning is not for the purpose of generating plans, which quickly go obsolete, but for the purpose of creating prepared minds with which to face the uncertain future.

  2 comments for “The Prepared Mind

  1. scody
    2 Dec 2006 at 4:56 pm

    There isn’t much to say… this is a great post, but…
    For the past 4 years, I have learned to rush to this site after every UCLA/UCS game… still patiently awaiting the words of wisdom 🙂

    btw… I miss our lunches.

  2. PE
    2 Dec 2006 at 8:20 pm

    Words of wisdom, let’s see…Bruin defense was great. I didn’t think they had much of a chance. Very disappointing. I miss the lunches too…

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