Rule #6: Examine the reality

Unwritten Rule of Engineering #6: Develop a “let’s go see!” attitude.

It is seldom adequate to remain at one’s desk and speculate about causes and solutions, or to retreat to … specifications, and reports and hope to sort it all out. Before ever being able to solve a problem, you will need abundant insight, insight that can only be developed by observing first-hand what might be at once too subtle and complex only to imagine.

What happened to rule #5? Well, the numbers are from the original book and I’m only blogging the most software psychologist-relevant rules, so sometimes I’ll skip a rule or two and thus a number or two.