19 Sep 2003 cm   » (Journeyer)

This essay argues that business accounting "has no model appropriate for software or programming."

"The intangible but extremely complicated patterns of thought are that software has value only when it's accompanied by the programmers who write it. No company can treat programmers the same as a factory because programmers demand continuous attention and support well beyond any factory."

It almost makes Alan Cooper sound like an advocate for agile methods.

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