At a recent software engineering management
course in the U.S.,
the participants were given an awkward question to answer. "If
you had just boarded an airliner and discovered that your team of
programmers had been responsible for the flight control software,
how many of you would disembark immediately?"
Among the ensuing forest of raised hands, only one man sat
When asked what he would do, he replied that he would be quite
content to stay onboard.
"With my team's software," he said, "the plane was unlikely to even
taxi as far as the runway, let alone take off."