Dr. Grace Hopper

Friday 4 September, 2020

This quote is from the American PhD computer scientist and United States Navy Rear Admiral - Admiral Grace Hopper

Who was Admiral Grace Hopper?

Artists impression of Admiral Grace HopperAdmiral Grace Hopper was an important computer scientist who made many important contributions to the field of computer programming. Dr Hopper was one of the first programmers of the  Harvard Mark I computer, and a pioneer of computer programming who invented one of the first  linkers. She was one of the pioneers of the field and helped to develop the first compiler, a program that translates human-readable code into machine-readable code. She popularized the idea of machine-independent programming languages, which led to the development of  COBOL, an early  high-level programming language still in use today.

Admiral Hopper was a strong advocate for the education and advancement of women in STEM fields and served as a role model and mentor to many aspiring computer scientists. She received many awards and honors for her work, including the American  National Medal of Science and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Grace Hopper's contributions to the field of computer science have had a lasting impact and she is remembered as one of the most important figures in the history of the field.


Quote - The most dangerous phrase in the English language is 'we have always done it this way.'

The most dangerous phrase in the English language is 'we have always done it this way.'


This first appeared  in Computer World January 26 1976.

On the future of data processing, Hopper said the most dangerous phrase a DP (data processing) manager can use is “We’ve always done it that way.”

This quote from the pioneer of computer programming indicates that Admiral Grace Hopper firmly believed in adapting to new technology with the changing times. She went on to say that  "If we base our plans on the present, we fall behind and the cost of carrying out something may be more costly than not implementing it."

Having an strong background, knowledge and even expertise about a particular subject sometimes stops us from looking beyond and accepting change in that area.

Admiral Grace Hopper rightly identified the danger in complacency, as this can stop us from developing our skills and capabilities further and can make us stand still.


At DDSN, we continuously help you to explore the state-of-the-art technologies that support you to excel in your industry. 


At DDSN we never stand still with our own processes and technology and havent for our entire 25 year history of operations. We actively encourage our clients to review not just their technology but their processes to explore new ways of doing things to gain more efficiency and solidify the foundations of their businesses.

Not only are we constantly working on becoming the better versions of ourselves everyday, but also make sure that our clients get the best out of all the options available today.

Book your Process Blueprinting or Future Vision Workshop with our futurist & business analyst Dr Danielle Kennedy. enquiries@ddsn.com