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The Origins of the 'Software Factory'

Hannah Croft
Hannah Croft 5 Oct 2021
Software Development

Today I came across a NATO report dated 1968. Turns out this was from the world's first software engineering conference, of which NATO sponsored, and, as it turns out, this was where the term 'software factory' first emerged.

There's always a lot of talk about how Defence is adopting the parlance and practices of commercial tech industry and trying to drive cultural change. Terms like user-focused, agile, and iterate are fused with contemporary Sillicon Valley or Gen X popular culture aesthetics (think Kessel Run, Kobayashi Maru...).

As it turns out, though, maybe Defence was the one driving a lot of this in the first place. Stay cool!

Read the report here.