Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Communication and Coordination




My Software Engineering professor kept on saying to us each lecture that “communication and coordination” are the two most important factors to ensure the success of any software project. Actually, like the most of us I don’t remember much of the details of the class. Who does anyways? However, I remember those two words.

Every class he stressed on those two words—communication and coordination. We kind of joked about it at the time. We thought it was unjustified overemphasis. It turns out—it’s not overemphasis. It is really that important.

You see software development require a lot of specifications and if our requirements are not set upfront clearly without any vagueness then the company would have to endure huge costs and time wastage. The project will simply fail if it was delivered on time but with completely useless functionality. If the software developed was based on wrong information resulting from poor communication and coordination then well tough luck.

When I come to think about it, it’s not just software engineering that needs good communication and coordination. It could be any job. It could be anything—relationships, the soccer team or a party you name it.

Not just communicating. Not just coordinating. It has to be the both together, so that progress would happen.   

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