I agree with you and would like to add that it can work well for small shops.
Even one person shops.  It's a matter of discipline.

Everyone has their own style of working I guess.  Personally, I like to know
where I'm headed before I start the car. :)  Maybe that's the difference between
writing applications vs utilities.

Leif Svalgaard wrote:
> From: Brad Jensen <brad@elstore.com>
> > > The design is what comes before the source code. Some people
> > > don't have any design, they start writing code right away.
> > > The execution of the design is writing the source code,
> > > that is: transforming the design ideas into executable reality.
> >
> > If you are a good programmer the design and the coding are
> > interactive and synergistic. Any design that survives the coding
> > unscathed is a trivial design, it is really just ordering form a
> > menu.
> This may be true for small programs, but is false for large
> projects (with, say, 500 programs). The discussion does
> not lead anywhere because most people are too emotional
> about it. Many smaller shops work in a way that does not
> scale up (and most shops are happy about this, some even
> proud of it).

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