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That's not perfectionism, that simply a curse. Wasting time, effort and resources on something that is not in the scope of the project, even potentially introducing bugs with code that should not be there in the first place.
throw new NotImplementedException();
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"If you just follow the bacon Eddy, wherever it leads you, then you won't have to think about politics." -- Some Bell.
Sounds like someone who's been burned one time too many when PHBs declared a prototype to be exactly what they needed and insisted on taking it directly into production.
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, weighing all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
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So true, this was the first thing which came to my mind as well since it has happened so frequently. The other alternative is when the customer sees the prototype and is frustrated that it isn't a fully functional program they can start using tomorrow.
a prototype to be exactly what they needed and insisted on taking it directly into production.
Yes. If they can see it, it must be done!
And that colleague that implements more than is asked for? It kind of makes sense to do it if it's going directly from demo to production.
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"I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met." Also Steven Wright
"I'm addicted to placebos. I could quit, but it wouldn't matter." Steven Wright yet again.
That's a very bad sign indeed. You are becomming a pointy haired boss and are beginning to sound like them. Have you been bitten by one? I would sprinkle you with holy water and garlic juice, but I am allergic myself to one of them.
I have lived with several Zen masters - all of them were cats.
His last invention was an evil Lasagna. It didn't kill anyone, and it actually tasted pretty good.
once worked for a boss who would be a perfect match to your man,
this bosses concept of a POC was something that had *full functionality* to be "demonstrated on a subset/sample of the data."
Seriously, one project was: "OK team, we got a potential 5 - 6 month project to develop a package to do account consolidation using 'fuzzy logic account matching' on 60 million records from 3 different systems, we need a POC / demo system to do ALL of those things on a 6000 record sample for a meeting with them next week. We're flying in for the demo next Friday and by the way it has to be on their hardware because they can't release any data [privacy bullshit] even for testing."
I magnanimously offered myself for the role of preparing the powerpoint slides for that meeting.
they can't release any data [privacy bullshit] even for testing
Been there, done that so many, many times. We build commercial inkjet printing systems. I've lost track the number of times a customer has complained of a printing problem, we've asked them to send us their data, and one of two things happen. They either outright refuse, or they send us "pretend" data that was hacked together by hand. We're still supposed to fix their problem, though .
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