The term “Software Engineering” is coming to age: It was coined slightly more than 40 years ago in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Tom DeMarco wrote a very interesting article about his opinion about the topic, which is available online at the IEEE Software magazine: “Software Engineering: An Idea Whose Time Has Come and Gone?” Let me cite just this part:
This leads us to the odd conclusion that strict control is something that matters a lot on relatively useless projects and much less on useful projects. It suggests that the more you focus on control, the more likely you’re working on a project that’s striving to deliver something of relatively minor value.
I strongly recommend to read the whole article.