We all use heuristics (even if we haven’t articulated them to others) to discover, understand, explore, create, modify, or extend complex software systems. Billy Vaughn Koen, in Discussion of the Method: Conducting the Engineer’s Approach to Problem Solving, defines a heuristic as, “anything that provides a plausible aid or direction in the solution of a problem but is in the final analysis unjustified, incapable of justification, and potentially fallible.

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Design heuristics >>

Heuristics we use to solve a specific problem

Guiding heuristics >>

Heuristics that guide our use of other heuristics (meta-heuristics, if you will)

Value-based heuristics >>

Heuristics that determine our attitude and behavior towards design or the world and the way we work

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