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Never made a mistake never tried anything new

Though Getting it Right First Time a Great Goal and learning from Total Quality Management idea is a great inspiration for making superior products, in the real software development how far this is feasible and at what cost needs to be thought about.

As cost, schedule and Quality are very vital determinant for any new product or service that is being delivered; let us see if an organization balances these critical factors. In today Agile development world which encourages collaborative development and incremental delivery it is not possible to develop products Right first time. Though there are mission critical developments like aerospace, health Care, financial segments that need clinical precision, Agile development will not help much. It has to go through the disciplined classical software engineering cycle with reviews, inspections, audits and tests with due sign-offs from impacted stakeholders. However for majority of the software development that do not require very high levels of accuracy to the sixth decimal levels, Agile development will suit better. Agile provides quicker returns on investment to the software vendor and simultaneously make the products available to the users. Based on the feed back user provides the product under goes modifications to fulfill the expected and implied needs of the users. In this process all stakeholders do understand that “Build the product right first time” may not be possible and it will increase costs, make the development and release of the products delayed.

With due respects to Getting it Right First Time Principle, project managers need to apply them prudently keeping in mind the wisdom of  Albert Einstein:

 “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new”.


2 Responses

  1. Well said Shiva. I have read the book “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi” which talks about trying new things even if you are anxious so that you can learn new competencies.

  2. Thanks Ganapathy. Now I have one more addition to my bookroll …..“Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi”

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