On System Design
In this essay, I consider some of the factors that are making it more and more difficult to expend the effort necessary to do system design. Because of changes in the economics of the field in both industry and research, we have become less able to take the time needed to do real system design, and to train the next generation of designers. Because of the intellectual property landscape, we are less able to discuss system design. The end result is that we do less good system design than we used to. But this can be changed without changing the environmental factors that have contributed to the problem; all that is needed is the application of courage.
Jim Waldo, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Discussant: Brian Marick, Testing Foundations