Lecture 7: Design Review: Carcassonne (2)
Creators naturally invest some of their ego into their products. Programmers are creators; this is precisely why we are attracted to this discipline and its professions. Investing an ego, however, often prevents us from accepting flaws. Criticism of our product is confused with personal criticism of our person.
People have recognized and understood this problem for a long time. Weinberger has suggested considering the notion of "egoless programming", i.e., creating programs as if they weren't yours. While this is a demanding standard, I request that you divest yourself from your product during code walks and that you use this chance to free your product from potentially harmful flaws. Keep in mind that this temporary "suspension of ego" helps you produce a better product than blind belief in yourself.
Presenters: William McCarthy, Peter Markowsky
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Presenters: Andrew Nutter-Upham, Martin Fowler
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