Do it right, or do it wrong, maintain it, then eventually do it again.

You may have heard the following saying:

“Do it right, or do it twice.”

In software development, it’s more like:

“Do it right, or do it wrong, then support that wrong, then eventually do it again.”

This is something that I keep thinking about with software development.  Why do we do things wrong the first time?

  • It’s done under the guise of being “agile”, because we want to satisfy customers as quickly as possible.
  • We lack the knowledge to do it right the first time.
  • We tell ourselves that we’ll go back and fix it later (but we rarely do).
  • We feel like we lack the time to do it right, right now.  A quick fix is quicker.

Far too often, though, such development ends up costing more time and more effort in the long run.  The band-aids and duct tape approach only leads to more work in the long run.  Instead of implementing a solution once, you built it the first time, deal with all the related maintenance headaches, then end up re-building it.

Do it.  Do it right.  Do it right the first time.

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