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  • Marco Dorantes
    Thank you very much Dale, your feedback has helped me a lot. Kenneth Boulding was quoted by John C. Gordon in this book
    Message 1 of 3 , Oct 3 1:25 PM
      Thank you very much Dale, your feedback has helped me a lot.

      Kenneth Boulding was quoted by John C. Gordon in this book
      <http://www.addall.com/detail/0300120060.html> , which refers to this
      source:

      Science: our common heritage
      Kenneth Boulding
      Science 22 February 1980: 831-836
      DOI: 10.1126/science.6766564

      Best regards.


      --- In extremeprogramming@yahoogroups.com, "Dale Emery" <dale@...>
      wrote:
      >
      > Hi Marco,
      >
      > —your critical feedback will be much appreciated.
      >
      >
      > I think the scientific methods fits software development better in the
      long
      > term than in the short term. I'm glad there are folks like you taking
      the
      > scientific approach. Being less patient than you, I personally have
      more
      > energy for the crucible of the marketplace, which works faster, though
      at
      > the expense of rigor.
      >
      > I recommend that you introduce yourself to James Bach, who also takes
      a
      > deeply philosophical approach to the software world, especially to
      testing
      > (and also to learning in general, the subject of his upcoming book).
      > James's motto says volumes about his approach: "Epistemology for the
      rest of
      > us." I'm guessing that you could have some rich, rewarding
      conversations
      > with James.
      >
      > I also recommend that you improve your writing style. Though I like
      your
      > ideas, I had to work harder to understand your writing than I prefer.
      I
      > think there are a few stylistic changes that would make a big
      difference for
      > you, and help you to reach a wider audience.
      >
      > One important style tip: First connect, then inform. Begin sentences
      (and
      > paragraphs, and sections, and articles) with information people
      already
      > know, and put new information at the end. This allows readers to read
      > without having to keep so much information in their heads. Your first
      > sentence violates that in a way that makes your point hard to
      understand:
      >
      > "The attitude of mind to approach reality that has helped humans to
      explain
      > and to predict phenomena (observed facts) consistently and precisely,
      the
      > scientific mindset, is one among those things computer professionals
      could
      > adopt to better understand software development fundamentals."
      >
      > Consider this inversion: "One thing computer professionals could adopt
      to
      > better understand software development fundamentals is the scientific
      > mindset, the attitude of mind to approach reality that has helped
      humans to
      > explain and to predict phenomena (observed facts) consistently and
      > precisely."
      >
      > This inversion starts by connecting with an intention, which
      immediately
      > lets readers know whether this article is relevant for them. If they
      want
      > to understand software development fundamentals, they'll read on. If
      not,
      > not.
      >
      > I would probably invert further: "To better understand software
      development
      > fundamentals ..." This moves the connection even further to the front
      of
      > the sentence. This inversion expresses the same concepts in the same
      words
      > as your original, but in an order that connects sooner and more
      forcefully
      > with the reader, and that doesn't require readers to keep so much in
      their
      > heads.
      >
      > I highly recommend Joseph M. Willams's book STYLE. Williams describes
      the
      > stylistic choices available to the writer, and how each choice affects
      > readers. There are two versions:
      > Longer version:
      > http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0321479351/dalehemery-20
      > Summary version:
      > http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0321330854/dalehemery-20
      >
      > Also good is Martha Kolln's RHETORICAL GRAMMAR:
      > http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0321397231/dalehemery-20
      >
      > Finally, what is the source of the Boulding quote? I'm a huge fan of
      > Boulding and would love a reason to read something of his that I
      haven't
      > read yet.
      >
      > Dale
      >
      > --
      > Dale Emery, Consultant
      > Inspiring Leadership for Software People
      > Web: http://dhemery.com
      > Weblog: http://cwd.dhemery.com
      >
      >
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      >




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