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Chapter 22. Trigger-Happy

Chapter 22. Trigger-Happy

As you probably know, entropy is defined as “the tendency for all matter and energy in the universe to evolve toward a state of inert uniformity.” You can see examples of this in nature: from something as simple as water running downhill, to interplanetary matter collapsing and transforming into some kind of physical mass. Arguably, entropy may also explain the “love handles” and other physical attributes usually seen on the engineering elite and other seat-warming technologists. (We're not singling out anyone here—we're all victims.)

Over the years, entropy has become rather prevalent in the world of software development. It can be attributed to budget constraints, time-to-market pressures, and big engineering egos. So how do you control this? As a configuration manager or business system owner, you're probably tired of the finger pointing whenever there are questions about the quality of builds and the product—but what can you do? Look at nature. There are some interesting principles we can learn from nature and its ongoing fight against disorder and chaos. The key is to acquire the relevant knowledge using a rational thought process in order to take advantage of it.


  

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