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Thursday, April 23, 2009

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Real Problems in Software Development Life Cycle

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You may already know that software doesn't just appear on the shelves by magic. If you run a software development company or you are one of employees you already face the problems of software development cycle. That is a product process which start from scratch and continuously change until the real product (confirmed by the stakeholders, customers and clients) arises from middle managers and programmers sweat and night work.

Here, shared with you – to the general public, are the inside details of the software development cycle, which as you can see is not easy thing to be done.

  1. Initial functional requirements and design are done.
  2. Programmer produces code he believes is bug-free.
  3. Product is tested. 20 bugs are found.
  4. Programmer fixes 10 of the bugs and explains to the testing department that the other 10 aren't really bugs.
  5. Testing department finds that five of the fixes didn't work and discovers 15 new bugs.
  6. See 3.
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  11. See 8.
  12. Due to marketing pressure and an extremely pre-mature product announcement based on overly-optimistic programming schedule, the product is released.
  13. Users find 137 new bugs.
  14. Original programmer, having cashed his royalty check, is nowhere to be found.
  15. Newly-assembled programming team fixes almost all of the 137 bugs, but introduces 456 new ones.
  16. Original programmer sends underpaid testing department a postcard from Fiji. Entire testing department quits.
  17. Company is bought in a hostile takeover by competitor using profits from their latest release, which had 783 bugs.
  18. New CEO is brought in by board of directors. He hires programmer to redo program from scratch.
  19. Programmer produces code he believes is bug-free....

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Anonymous said...

There is also a problem of perspective. Sometimes we only see our favorite technology as the best. And in this way, we are blind because we are not seeing the whole picture.
Technologies are just tools.

Here is an article on that: