Re: Principle of Least Power, "Motherhood and Apple Pie"

On 8/3/05, Bullard, Claude L (Len) <> wrote:
> Far be it from me to dispute the articles of faith of
> such an eminent group of theologians.
> Scale and the Principle of Least Power:  the notion that
> it would have been better to build the Great Pyramid out
> of mud bricks, to build a Space Shuttle out of Legos,
> and that we should all ride Mopeds to work on trails carved
> by oxcarts rather than cars on the US interstate system.
> Engineers understand scale and have for a great many more
> years than there has been an Internet or a Tim Berners-Lee.

Engineers, at least the good engineers, also understand CTQ. 

"CTQs (Critical to Quality) are the key measurable characteristics 
 of a product or process whose performance standards or 
 specification limits must be met in order to satisfy the customer. 
 They align improvement or design efforts with customer requirements."[1]


Over-engineering is just as much of a problem as under-engineering.

When I am putting up sheetrock, I don't measure it to the 32nd of an inch. You
could, but it doesn't add to the quality, you're just going to tape
and mud those seams


> As for the rest, res ipsa loquitur.
> len
> From: []
> Len Bullard writes:
> > we know it was all for the sake of simplicity so
> > the codeheads whose brave, valiant fearless
> > efforts to make the world safer for stealing
> > (ooops... sharing) photos, songs, code, and cold
> > pizza could maybe get just a little more egoboo.
> > I can stand the design lectures, but Dan, take the
> > credit and accept the blame.
> I think that tying these concerns to the Principle of Least Power (PLP) is
> really unfair.

Joe Gregorio

Received on Wednesday, 3 August 2005 14:55:58 UTC