One way to think about this book is that at various points along the way I have
Chapter 2. Computational Roots
I entered software development through the back door. When I was in high school and college, "computer science" was just getting started. Most of the software development managers my age similarly got their start in some other field: math, physics,
What this means is that I come at the management of software development from a different perspective than someone who has been
So how did I come to be an engineer in the first place? It's a long and personal story, one that you might find interesting. If not, just go on to the
On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union put into
Of course, the physics required dated back to Newton, and the rocketry was, oddly enough, managed by
Basically, what came out of Sputnik was that we Americans were behind because the Russians had a better educational system and funneled more of their "best and brightest" into science and engineering. While the Americans were kings of mass-producing consumer goods and raising the middle class's standard of living, the Russians were solving the really hard problems and getting ahead of us where it really mattered. Regardless of the reality of the situation, this perception was widely disseminated and accepted as the gospel truth. For a while, it seemed the whole country was in a dither over this. Something had to be done.