The map and the territory

When the map and the territory don’t agree, always believe the territory.

Jerry Weinberg

What does this have to do with software? Everything!

This dictum is valid in many ways:

  • Does your documentation really match your software?
  • If the software metrics are good, why is your software maintanence department so busy?
  • The software is built conform specifications, why are users complaining?
  • Are you confused/upset about a missed deadline, perhaps the plan (the map) doesn’t match reality (ouch).

My advise? Update your map, so it matches the territory. Oh, I understand that’s hard and possibly painful (on limited resources like time, money, manpower), but not updating .. is that really an option?

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One thought on “The map and the territory

  1. Ronald,

    Couldn’t resist the temptation to point out a few glitches (of course your English must be perfect for CHARM 😉
    matches := match
    build := built
    advise := advice
    possible := possibly
    painfull := painful

    As you know, the devil is in the details . . .

    Gerald

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