Little Errors in The Beginning…

Little errors in the beginning leads to great a one in the end, St. Thomas Aquinas.

Getting software requirements wrong has a ripple effect throughout the entire software life cycle.  These little errors can be missed, incomplete or just plain wrong requirements.

Some of the little errors are the result  of not knowing what needed to be known.  These type of mistakes can be excusable as long as they do not occur over and over again.  The problem, of course, with software development is these little errors occur over and over again because software developers refuse to address their responsibility creating these little errors.  Software developers and their management team shrug their shoulders and say, “you did not tell us you wanted that.  These little errors are the result of culpable ignorance or just plain ole fashion negligence.  The root cause of of little errors in the beginning is a fundamental lack of knowledge about the core business and especially the customer.

Too many in software development rely on the customer (end user) to tell them what they want.  As Tom Kelly points out in his book, The Art of Innovation, most customers do not have the vocabulary or the ability to describe what they want.  This my friends is is the root cause of all those little errors in the beginning.  The basic fundamental assumption that customers know what they want and they will be able to articulate what they want is just plain wrong.

Until software development understands that their core business does not have the ability to articulate what they want and especially what is missing, software development will never move forward as an industry.

Read more at the free online book Reboot!  Rethinking and Restarting Software Development.  (www.RebootRethink.Com)

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  1. The mantra “If you don’t have time to do it right the first time, when do you have time to do it over?” is in all sorts of places.

    Just stumbled accross…
    Data Models are for Wimps


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