Just Say No: IT Cost Of Ownership’s Dirty Secret

July 4, 2009 at 1:33 pm Leave a comment

Maintainable software applications are The Right Thing:

  • They take the gut-wrench out fixing bugs and adding features, theoretically keeping us sane.
  • In an entropy-sodden world, they are very hard to build.
  • Writing code has nothing to do with it. OK. Maybe a little. Perhaps 50%.

There are times when it feels as if deciding what to build is maybe half the picture.

The rest is saying no to building The Wrong Thing .

Building The Right Thing cuts maintenance work because there is no need to change The Wrong Thing. It makes for a decent chance that new features are requested for The Right Reason:

Users LOVE the application and want more.

As opposed to The Wrong Reason:

It doesn’t work right.  This pig is is going to need a lot of make-up.

Let Usability Rule.


Entry filed under: Software Development, User Experience.

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