Ed Yourdon: Writer, SW Engineer, Consultant, Methodologist, Photographer

Jan 25, 2016   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Careers, Professional Development  //  1 Comment

By Ed Yourdon from New York City, USA (Pop!Tech 2008, Day 2 - 032) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Ed Yourdon has passed away.  Ed was the originator of structured systems analysis, specifically Yourdon Structured Method.  He was inducted into the Computer Hall of Fame in 1997.

Recently he worked on his photography project of people in New York City.  You can see his work on Flickr.

Yourdon BooksAs I looked at Ed’s bibliography, I realized that I owned almost all his books. Not just read them, but owned them. Some of them in multiple editions.   His works formed the basis of my initial undergraduate education and carried through the early parts of my career.  Notations, diagraming, modeling, requirements analysis, thinking before building, getting alignment with what the business needs: all of those concepts were embedded in his works and then into how I looked at business problems that could be solved with technology.

Ed was a great influence on my career as a methodologist. And later, on my love of real life photography. I loved that he shared his works on social media. It was always a joy to get a chance to chat with him at events, then later on Twitter. I’m off to find a book and spend some time with him again.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?n=ed-yourdon&pid=177394902&

1 Comment

  • He influenced so many of us in IT. Between him and James Martin come so many of the foundations of systems analysis and design that still form the core of the business today. A sad day for sure.

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