As Steve’s book states, classic mistakes are classic mistakes because they’re mistakes that are made so often and by so many people. They have predictably bad results and, when you know them, they stick out like a sore thumb and the idea behind listing them here is that, once you know them, you can spot them and hopefully do something to remedy their effect.
Classic mistakes can be divided in to four types:
- People Related Mistakes
- Process Related Mistakes
- Product Related Mistakes
- Technology Related Mistakes
Today’s blog takes a quick look at the fourth of Steve’s categories of mistakes: Technology Related Mistakes, which include:
- Silver Bullet Syndrome
- Overestimated Savings From New Tools or Methods
- Switching Tools in the Middle of a Project
- Lack of Automated Source Control
Silver Bullet SyndromeDon’t expect the use of new technology or development tool to solve all your scheduling problems.
Overestimated Savings From New Tools or MethodsUse of new technology and practices can increase development time as their learning curves are climbed. New practices have new risks that you only discover by using them. Teams (or organisations) seldom improve their productivity in leaps and bounds. Aim for steady slow progress.
Also overestimated is the saving that arise from code re-use. Code re-use is a very effective approach however wishful thinking comes into play and the savings usually not as high as expected.