Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tell it to your Teddy Bear « Talk About Quality

Tell it to your Teddy Bear « Talk About Quality: "Another effective technique is to explain your code to someone else.  This will often cause you to explain the bug to yourself.  Sometimes it takes no more than a few sentences, followed by an embarrassed “Never mind, I see what’s wrong.  Sorry to bother you.”  This works remarkably well; you can even use non-programmers as listeners.  One university computer center kept a teddy bear near the help desk.  Students with mysterious bugs were required to explain them to the bear before they could speak to a human counselor."

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