Top 5 red flags of software development

svn had 2 very nice items:
The top 5 red flags of software development:

  1. "Wouldn’t it be easy to…" (the hidden cost of change)
  2. "This shouldn’t take long" (artificial time frame)
  3. "Can you make this small change real quick?" (“small” and “quick”)
  4. "Before you finish X, could you do Y?" (the mental costs of interruption)
  5. "Let’s push this today" (artificial scope)


If you know the exact cost and the exact schedule, chances are that the technology is obsolete.

with a link to a page of quotations related to design and engineering by Erik K. Antonsson.