Blank Page Syndrome

A recurring theme that came up during almost every session was a criticism of the attitude we inherited from the early days of computing in which the ideal situation is to be faced with a challenging new problem and a blank page on which to design the ideal solution. This leads to two too-tough problems:

The result of holding a belief in the perfect blank page is the idea of "static design" (and perhaps of many other infestations of the concept of staticness in computing) in which once perfection is attained, the result can be handed to the world which can use it as is.

Unbridled hubris.