Archive for April, 2010

The Mythical Man-Month

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

"The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering" by Fred Brooks states that “adding manpower to a late software project makes it later”. Greatly illustrated by Dilbert:

Bowl of Afghan spaghetti

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

According to a New York Times article, titled "We Have Met the Enemy and He Is PowerPoint", General McChrystal dryly remarked "When we understand that slide, we’ll have won the war" when showed this graphic.

Guess what’s behind the door?

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Jim Unwin and Dylan Carline designed this amazing Venn diagram after a visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum’s collection of mythical beasts…

Reminds me these great Dungeon & Dragon or Chivalry games where opening a door usually meant some genuinely fearful encounter. I guess that if, at that time, my friend (and then Dungeon Master) Raph could have had access to such diagram, it would have been even more creative!

Guess what? He became a successful trader… maybe it’s now time to use the diagram and see the crisis with a fresh eye!

misFortune 500

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

This could have been the next Fortune 500 cover by Chris Ware… unFortunately it wont! (click on image to enjoy details)


A complementary vision is provided by the way Time illustrates the Goldman Sachs fraud case.

Seems time has come for things to change… and maybe to use engineer’s skills for innovations aimed at building a better world!