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Chapter 31. Under Pressure > Faith in Process

Faith in Process

Many is the time I have told students that the less time you have to deliver a system, the more important it is to know what you are delivering. If you have only four days to code an application, your best chance of success is to take the first two days to design the thing well. Of course, I had never been called on to deliver on my own pontifications by programming a complex application in a single day. It is easy to be pious when your faith is unchallenged.

The Ernst & Young team was certainly one whose faith in process was being sorely tested, and their trials were far from over. Just after they arrived at the conference center, they had managed to bring forth sparks and smoke from their brand-new Pentium-based system. Some quick shuffling of software onto laptops had put them back in business, albeit lacking a bit in hardware power.


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