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Monday, August 6, 2007

Custom development

I play the bass guitar. I don't play particularly well, but I can hold down the bottom, as they say. I am having a custom bass built, which I've affectionately titled "the software project." Because it had scope creep: it has way more features than it started with, is late (32 months total), and ever so slightly more expensive than I told my tolerant wife it would be.

It reminds me of some software projects I've worked on.

When you are looking for something that is completely custom, expect it to cost more than you planned. Expect it to take more time than you allotted. Most of all, expect it to change.

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