Issue No.02 - March/April (2008 vol.25)
Grady Booch , IBM
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MS.2008.52
As the code written today becomes part of tomorrow's inexorably growing legacy, preserving these stories becomes increasingly important. It's costly to rely upon informal storytelling to preserve and communicate important decisions; it's incredibly costly to try to recreate those decisions and their rationale when the storytellers themselves are gone. Insofar as a software development organization can preserve its stories in a system's written architecture, it can make evolving that system materially easier.
system architecture, legacy code, stakeholder dialogue
Grady Booch, "Tribal Memory", IEEE Software, vol.25, no. 2, pp. 16-17, March/April 2008, doi:10.1109/MS.2008.52