Saturday, June 28, 2008

Non-agile design and NIH

During a design meeting of a new project the issue of performance is raised.

This is the theoretical (worst-case scenario) performance requirement:

As existing frameworks and 3rd party tools don't match these requirements, new frameworks will be developed.

After spending many men-months on developing new frameworks (even before the development of the application itself) this is the application's performance:

Eventually the application is shipped, and customers are satisfied with the performance.

However, this is the average case performance requirement:

(NIH = "not invented here", a common syndrome in the software industry leading to spending resources to create new tools instead of using existing ones)

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