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Issue No. 02 - March/April (2008 vol. 25)
ISSN: 0740-7459
pp: 16-17
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

G. Booch, "Tribal Memory," in IEEE Software, vol. 25, no. , pp. 16-17, 2008.
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