A rose by any other name


How elements are named can lead us to assumptions about error likelihood.

If the “same” thing is named differently: was that a rushed team, different developers, lack of domain understanding, no time for testing?

Explore any differences/interplay between the functions with different names for the same thing. Explore other shared functions in these areas – they might have been implemented redundantly / differently too.


I observeThe naming of items is not consistent across the application (yes/no vs. ok/cancel, edit vs. alter)
I thinkAre there really differences?
What else has been done differently in these two areas?
My next stepExplore the function itself that is differently named – are there differences?
Explore other functions that are shared across the two areas: are they implemented differently? is that correct?

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