Preface

Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it.

—A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh. London: Puffin Books, 1926.

So begins A.A. Milne’s children’s classic Winnie-the-Pooh. In these opening lines, Milne invites us to identify with the predicament of Edward Bear: The usual way of doing things—the routine—is not necessarily the best way and it is certainly not the only way. As I read Milne’s words, I marvel at the parallel between the world Milne describes and our own crazy world of software development. ...

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