July 13, 2006
Three Golden RulesYou are walking along a sandy beach. It is deserted. You spot what looks like a book sticking out of the sand. It is Principles of Software Engineering Management by Tom Gilb. It is dusty. You rub the cover of the book and, in a puff of smoke, a genie appears. He has a friendly face and a white beard, and appears to be standing in front of some kind of lake.
The genie speaks:
I am the genie of the lamp and I grant you three wishes. Ask of me any three rules, and I will guarantee that from this day forth every single person in your organisation will follow these rules to the letter.
But beware! Beyond these three golden rules you will have absolutely no control at all. Your developers will be able to do whatever they like. You must choose wisely.
What would your 3 golden rules be? Is it possible to provide adequate governance with just three rules? Answers on a postcard please to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted 3 weeks, 6 days ago on July 13, 2006