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You do know that there's a "Rant" button, right? Smile | :)

It's difficult to rewrite software because the cost of doing so has to be recovered over the product's remaining lifetime. Its lifetime might be extended by rewriting it, but it's difficult to prove this to management. If the existing code isn't too hopeless, it may be possible to improve it through refactoring rather than totally rewriting it.

Customers also want new functionality, so the product will require two teams: the first one to support the existing software and add the critical features that customers demand, and the second one to do the rewrite. The second team will also have to catch up to what the first team manages to add.

The team rewriting the software may also have no adequate product specification from which to work. They will then inadvertently change some of the product's behavior, resulting in customer complaints when it eventually rolls out.

How much will the rewrite improve quality and time to market? The organization already created one mess, so what will prevent the rewrite from becoming a second one? The culture and process may need to change, and there must be a visionary (or a few of them) with a clear idea of what the design should be, with the ability to keep it on track.

All of these issues make rewrites challenging, which is why so many of them fail. Before embarking on a rewrite, a team needs to have a good idea as to how it will address these issues.
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