Skillful software design and the scientific method

Many professionals have observed the commonality between skillful software design and the application of the scientific method.

The mapping of hypothesis with an initial design, experimentation with emergent design and the general style of closed-loop feedback control processes.

If someone say “this is a very important software project for our organization, and we need best-of-breed practices and technology”, then she should consider to get on-board professionals fully aware of this important parallel with science.

Problem with a popular and misleading notion of science is that scientific work is just about isolated work on labs and not about work done in presence of hard constrains, but this notions is just an imaginary wall people build in their minds, and it is just that, an imaginary wall.

Here are two important related articles:

Programming as Theory Building by Peter Naur, Pelle Ehn, Miyamoto Musashi

The nature of scientific “proof” and the development of software by Joe Marasco

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