I’m a huge fan of the Dune books by Frank Herbert … even though Herbert’s legacy is being dragged throught the dirt by his son Brian and Kevin J. Anderson.
So it was trÃ©s cool to see one of Frank Herbert’s riffs on mentats adapted to code architects.
I can’t resist quoting:
Above all else, the [architect] must be a generalist, not a specialist. Experts and specialists lead you quickly into chaos. They are a source of useless nit-picking, the ferocious quibble over a comma. The [architect] on the other hand, should bring to decision-making a healthy common sense …
Well worth reading for literature and programming types both.