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Re: The Boy Scout Rule

by flexvault (Monsignor)
on Jan 26, 2015 at 10:25 UTC ( #1114502=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to The Boy Scout Rule

Hello eyepopslikeamosquito,

I enjoyed your post and thanks for the research and references.

I would add as a reference the book "The Lean Startup" by Eric Ries. Not because it's Perl related ( it isn't ), but because it discusses in detail the conflict between "business" and "programming" value(s) to a company. Your discussion about 'bookings.com' brought this book to mind.

As a programmer, I have always wanted to get a "perfect" finished product before announcing/shipping it. The book was written by a programmer and that was how he was taught. But he discovered that the best way was to build a MVP, or Minimum Viable Product and then test the waters, and then retest again and again. He also found that because of how he was trained, he was a major stumbling block for building a successful business.

This book changed how I look at programming and business. I don't try to perfect something that nobody wants, and I suspect ( IMHO ) that the successful software ( or depend on software ) companies prefer a MVP to a programmer's perfect product. (YMMV)

Regards...Ed

"Well done is better than well said." - Benjamin Franklin

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