Great story; too bad there’s so much competition for the term: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_triangle
Ouch, good observation; thanks for mentioning this, I think this will make me much more restrained in using the term from now on… :/
You know, if we celebrated usages of these terms for things like engineering firsts instead of always giving bad people rent-free publicity, maybe those people and their ideologies would eventually fade away.
It’s a nice idealistic thought ;-)
I enjoyed this article when I first encountered it many years back but it’s also potentially a nightmare scenario for product people. Mysterious, complex, high-risk deliverables that take a month or more before you are “now ready to put it to work doing cool stuff” are a cursed wasteland for product managers who need some reassurance that the cool stuff will happen at all.
Hot take: product mangers who need constant reassurance by devs probably aren’t the best fit for certain types of projects or products.
In real engineering, say building refineries or power plants, a whole bunch of stuff has to be finished before any of it matters.