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Discussion on: Which fictional story (book, movie, etc.) is the best allegory for software development?

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John Forstmeier

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

I won't claim that it's the best, but it certainly captures several aspects.

  • Pursuing perfection: good when balancing realistic demands and but bad when it becomes a singular focus hindering advancement
  • Work focus: good when it helps build good things and bad when it our work consumes everything else
  • Customer attention: good for creating/refining a product to help people but bad when it comes at the cost of your employees

Overall, I'd say it's a fantastic film and I'm jealous of Jiro's singular focus and mastery in many ways while still acknowledging the toll it took on him and his family.

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