Escaping From Gilligan’s Island

by Otto on June 19, 2007

Jeff Atwood’s post today titled Escaping From Gilligan’s Island is great and hits at a perfect time.  I mentioned that we’re going through a host system conversion in a previous post and I have about 6 development projects related to the conversion.

I love this quote:

As that old software proverb goes, the first ninety percent of the task takes ninety percent of the time, and the last ten percent takes the other ninety percent.

Knowning this, how can I prevent it from becoming a reality in my own projects?  The ones where I’m in complete control?  For starters, I can try and commit the 36 classic mistakes to memory by Steven C. McConnell.  The next step after that would be to get my team on the same page, which isn’t an easy task.

Have any other ideas, little buddy?

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