Clearly Linux is one of the most successful products ever. Let me quote a little bit from Linus Torvalds and other brilliant people involved in it:
"A strong vision and a sure hand sound like good things on paper. It's just
that I have never _ever_ met a technical person (including me) whom I
would trust to know what is really the right thing to do in the long run.
Too strong a strong vision can kill you - you'll walk right over the edge,
firm in the knowledge of the path in front of you."
"The most successful software have born from fixing/patching an
initial/simple implementation while the greatest software failures
have born from deep planning and design.
More specifically, the following article is a great read
Evolutionary Database Design
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About Alexander Kuznetsov
Alex Kuznetsov has been working with object oriented languages, mostly C# and C++, as well as with databases for more than a decade. He has worked with Sybase, SQL Server, Oracle and DB2. He regularly blogs on sqlblog.com, mostly about database unit testing, defensive programming, and query optimization.
Alex has written a book entitled "Defensive Database Programming with Transact-SQL" and several articles on simple-talk.com and devx.com. Currently he works at DRW Trading Group in Chicago, where he leads a team of developers, practicing agile development, defensive programming, TDD, and database unit testing.