065: Radical Design with Marian Petre and André van der Hoek

January 31st, 2018 · 1 hr 3 mins

About this Episode

Software Design Decoded: 66 Ways Experts Think (The MIT Press) by Marian Petre and André van der Hoek

01:39 – Marian’s Superpower: Picking Brains

Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking by Douglas Hofstadter

03:28 – André’s Superpower: Identifying Patterns

04:23 – Design Thinking Within Companies and The Error by Proxy Phenomenon

09:19 – The Notion that Design Has Gone Away

12:18 – Radical vs Normal Design: What drives the need for radical design? When does normal design stop being effective?

19:55 – The Democratization of Software Development

24:45 – Software Design Decoded: 66 Ways Experts Think

27:45 – The Disconnect Between Academic Research and Actual Practice

29:25 – Why “Decoded”?

32:59 – How People Deal with Systems That Are Too Big

39:19 – Problem Solving and Problem Solving in the Context of Complex Software Systems

44:29 – The Notion of the Toolbox and Breaking Down Big Problems Into Smaller Problems


Coraline: There are two types of gurus.

Rein: The democratization of software development and steering organizations.

Jessica: Studying the bug rather than squashing the bug and experts are in the room twice.

Jamey: Designers saying that, “My job IS hard!” and being kind to themselves.

André and Marian: Having these conversations and interacting with people in this industry.

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