Saturday, November 1, 2014

It's not Development; It's Applied R&D

It's not Development; It's Applied R&D

it's taken me a long time in my career to dawn on this particular point about application solution design and implementation, but anything more involved in an application that simply building out a standalone piece of functionality, should actually be regarded as Research and Development.  

i've been trying to get a grip on how costing and estimates tend to blow out and how challenging it is to appropriately put metrics around a solution during design phase, and most of it boils down to the elastic time required to actually get the right approach to the problem.  For example; do i use an ORM pattern? or do o implement straight database calls? do i use a framework and risk someone else missing something? or do i roll something quick and dirty myself?

discovery, research, conceptualizing and building are all what is involved in building a simple application from scratch.  these things are R&D and require elastic estimates, not concrete time scales.

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