Perfume, programming, errors, validation, work, night, time, flies
Can we take rules from perfume art and mixing music, and apply them in programming to create products more efficiently?
4+ rule in perfume art
Mixing a new perfume can be done with a 4+ rule:
take one main scent
add one more, so that both are recognizeable in the mix, and they complement each other
add three, or more in the same way
4+ rule in music
Music can be mixed in the same manner:
take vocals track (assumed to be main)
add guitar (or other track), so that both vocals and guitar are recognizeable in the mix, and complement each other
Obviously, there are more factors to a good music mix, such as:
But at least this gives you a great start: to get some basic experience and work going.
4+ rule: generalized
But, you can see that the main idea of 4+ is common in these areas of art.
This is the same in movie making, food, books, web design, etc. - every form of art, where
user has to span his (rather limited) atttention across some object, or a system of objects.
Can we use 4+ rule to programmming?
Of course! You can make MVP (from lean startup) in this manner:
take one main feature
implement it to be more-or-less stable
complement it with another feature, so that both main and second are recognizeable in the product, and complement each other
add 2 more complementary, recognizeable features
release MVP, get feedback
make a turn, or improve by implementing another feature / fixing bugs.
This resonates with lessons, learned from Lean Startup methodology, which tell
how to make startups happen in a more scientific and cheaper manner.
After all science is nothing but an exocortex of making fit models from
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