Thursday, June 18, 2009


More thoughts on being a developer within a large enterprise

The conflict between the bean counters who want to treat the results of your development as assets to be managed and the operations folks who view your product as simply services to be procured creates an environment where truly stupid decisions are taken in the name of compromise or synergy if you prefer management babble...

People from a non-technical background think it's fast and easy to keep adding features to a project that's underway, then they don't understand why deadlines are missed and costs exceed initial estimates. As the scope creeps, you need to make sure that the people driving the project understand that more time/resources will be needed. A lot of developers hate scope creep, I think as long as it is managed it can be a good thing. It shows that the stake holders are interested in the project and they want to use it/are excited about it.

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