Tuesday, July 24, 2007

My Favorite Laws of Software Development

There was a great blog on the Laws of Software Development, and there were a few I saw as related to testing that I thought I should share.

Brooks' Law: Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later. Or testers, in this case.

Conway's Law: Any piece of software reflects the organizational structure that produced it. Good to keep in mind when testing.

Heisenbug Uncertainty Principle: Most production software bugs are soft: they go away when you look at them.

Hoare's Law of Large Programs: Inside every large problem is a small problem struggling to get out. Finding those small problems is worth searching for.

Lister's Law: People under time pressure don’t think faster. Or test faster.

Nathan's First Law: Software is a gas; it expands to fill its container.


mike macgirvin said...

Variation on Nathan's First Law:

Any piece of software that tries to be all things to all people will ultimately consume all resources.

Andy Payne said...

I've always been fond of Hofstadter's Law: "It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law.".

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