Software Engineering? Or Systems?

Frederick Brooks – The Mythical Man Month author writes about software engineering.

Our “information system” could certainly be described as software.

relevant quote –

I believe the hard part of building software to be the specification, design, and testing of this conceptual construct, not the labor of representing it and testing the fidelity of the representation. We still make syntax errors, to be sure; but they are fuzz compared with the conceptual errors in most systems.

We have a few conceptual errors I would think

No Silver Bullet:

Of all the monsters that fill the nightmares of our folklore, none terrify more than werewolves, because they transform unexpectedly from the familiar into horrors. For these, one seeks bullets of silver that can magically lay them to rest.