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What’s better when coding: getting it done or doing it perfectly?

Survey period: 27 Jan 2020 to 3 Feb 2020

‘Perfect’ meaning following all the best practices with regards to coding standards, patterns, security, readability and maintainability

OptionVotes% 
Get it done as fast as possible. Time is money202.05
Get it done fast, but keep it sensible10310.55
It’s always a balance44045.08
Get it done right, but keep an eye on the hours31932.68
Do it right first time. Don’t worry so much about the time949.63



 
GeneralNone of the above Pin
Nathan Minier30-Jan-20 6:23
professionalNathan Minier30-Jan-20 6:23 
GeneralManagers claim they want sensible, but what they want is fast and somehow good Pin
honey the codewitch28-Jan-20 9:34
mvahoney the codewitch28-Jan-20 9:34 
GeneralRe: Managers claim they want sensible, but what they want is fast and somehow good Pin
cobaltsoft30-Jan-20 9:42
professionalcobaltsoft30-Jan-20 9:42 
GeneralRe: Managers claim they want sensible, but what they want is fast and somehow good Pin
honey the codewitch30-Jan-20 11:22
mvahoney the codewitch30-Jan-20 11:22 
GeneralBorrowing from da Vinci... Pin
Bruce Greene28-Jan-20 5:31
MemberBruce Greene28-Jan-20 5:31 
GeneralThen someone has to fix it later, using more hours Pin
MSBassSinger28-Jan-20 4:31
professionalMSBassSinger28-Jan-20 4:31 
GeneralRe: Then someone has to fix it later, using more hours Pin
Rob Philpott28-Jan-20 4:41
MemberRob Philpott28-Jan-20 4:41 
GeneralRe: Then someone has to fix it later, using more hours Pin
MSBassSinger28-Jan-20 5:46
professionalMSBassSinger28-Jan-20 5:46 
GeneralRe: Then someone has to fix it later, using more hours Pin
Rick Shaub28-Jan-20 10:58
MemberRick Shaub28-Jan-20 10:58 
GeneralRe: Then someone has to fix it later, using more hours Pin
hpcoder231-Jan-20 13:13
Memberhpcoder231-Jan-20 13:13 
GeneralThe only sensible answer Pin
Gary Wheeler28-Jan-20 2:23
MemberGary Wheeler28-Jan-20 2:23 
GeneralRe: The only sensible answer Pin
Slow Eddie28-Jan-20 2:56
professionalSlow Eddie28-Jan-20 2:56 
GeneralRe: The only sensible answer Pin
Gary Wheeler28-Jan-20 3:04
MemberGary Wheeler28-Jan-20 3:04 
GeneralRe: The only sensible answer Pin
Rick Shaub28-Jan-20 11:04
MemberRick Shaub28-Jan-20 11:04 
GeneralRe: The only sensible answer Pin
Gary Wheeler28-Jan-20 11:42
MemberGary Wheeler28-Jan-20 11:42 
GeneralRe: The only sensible answer Pin
Rick Shaub28-Jan-20 11:52
MemberRick Shaub28-Jan-20 11:52 
GeneralRe: The only sensible answer Pin
Rob Philpott28-Jan-20 4:00
MemberRob Philpott28-Jan-20 4:00 
GeneralRe: The only sensible answer Pin
Gary Wheeler28-Jan-20 4:21
MemberGary Wheeler28-Jan-20 4:21 
Rob Philpott wrote:
The result should only be inadequate if the costings/planning were inadequate.
True. My experience has been that too many software types concentrate on the technical problems to be solved, and don't like to get involved in the planning. They seem to look at the process as inherently adversarial rather than one of participation.

I've been lucky the last few years to work for a boss that has weaned me away from that attitude. He lets us know the constraints and wants to know what's necessary. My job is to figure out options and costs (usually time) for each.
Software Zen: delete this;

GeneralPerfection vs Overengineering Pin
Anonymee28-Jan-20 2:21
professionalAnonymee28-Jan-20 2:21 
GeneralA man would do nothing ... Pin
Amarnath S27-Jan-20 23:35
professionalAmarnath S27-Jan-20 23:35 
GeneralIt's a mix of course Pin
Dean Roddey27-Jan-20 15:28
MemberDean Roddey27-Jan-20 15:28 
GeneralDo it right. Pin
OriginalGriff27-Jan-20 10:52
mveOriginalGriff27-Jan-20 10:52 
GeneralRe: Do it right. Pin
agolddog28-Jan-20 2:50
Memberagolddog28-Jan-20 2:50 
GeneralPerfection is the enemy of "good enough" Pin
Christopher Woodruff27-Jan-20 9:26
MemberChristopher Woodruff27-Jan-20 9:26 
GeneralRe: Perfection is the enemy of "good enough" Pin
Tom Corbett Space Cadet28-Jan-20 4:59
professionalTom Corbett Space Cadet28-Jan-20 4:59 

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