The Frog and the Octopus*

A software development fable as told by Philippe Kruchten

Philippe Kruchten uses two creatures as metaphors for understanding software development from two different perspectives


  • – and later the Newt

The Frog and the Octopus: Episode 2 – The Newt Awakens

The Newt was added by Steve Adolph and expresses software development from the point of view of the people who create software. In our sequel to Philippe Kruchten’s fable, the Frog and Octopus awaken a nearby sleeping Newt who explains to the Frog and Octopus that

“….software does not create itself and that it is the aligned work of people who create valuable product. Otherwise the result is just waste”