Monday, July 28, 2008

Clean fire truck

Currently, I'm reading a book from Seth Godin: Small is the new big, and there one statement that caught my eye for programmer. But before that, it mentioned about clean fire truck. The story is about the fireman waiting for the fire alarm to ring, which it seldom happens. What they do in their spare time was to clean up the fire machine and the author suggest they can use the time to spread about the fire prevention information instead.

So, if a organization is labeled as having clean fire truck, it means the company doesn't use its time wisely. This lead to the statement that I wanted to quote,

"Software engineers are often overwhelmed with an endless list of programming fires - and rarely get a chance to think about what they ought to build next."

This statement somehow gives me a deja vu. :)