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Chapter 61. Impresario > Structuring

Structuring

Closer to home we have other examples of the influential impresario. Ed Yourdon may himself be best known for the methods that include his name or as a prolific writer and persuasive presenter, but his most enduring contribution to the field may be as an impresario. It would hardly be an exaggeration to say that he created structured methods as an industry. The lineage of computer-aided software engineering can be also be traced back to that same root stock.

An important part of his genius was his ability to attract talent and recognize it when it was in front of him. He was able not only to read correctly the incipient currents of contemporary innovation, but to gather around him the best and brightest thinkers and teachers of the day. At its apogee under Ed and his wife Toni Nash, Yourdon, Inc., was the place to be. Almost anyone with something to say and the drive to say it wanted to work there. An amazing number of today's most influential leaders in the field got their start directly or indirectly through Ed Yourdon.


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