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Published on Jun 6, 2013
Airplanes, Spaceships, and Missiles: Engineering Lessons from Famous Projects
It is said that in success we stand on the shoulders of giants. In this, talk, we will explore some of those giants: the amazing machines from the US aviation industry of the 50s, 60s and 70s. Some of these machines flew with only human power, some flew to the moon, and some flew faster than a speeding bullet. These projects are interesting not only for the machines that pushed the boundaries of possibility, but also for their engineering practices: agile before the lean startup, caching before memcache, and monkey patching to save a mission. Some of the lessons learned were painful, some humorous, and all of them relevant to our modern software practices.