Same old tale (about code quality and technical dept)

Yesterday, we had yet another great Agile Skåne meeting at Green Lion Inn in Malmö.

One of the members is right now experiencing how much bad code can hurt you.

His new employer went to the lowest bidder without any quality control for many years, and have ended up with a total mess, prohibiting them to add features their competitors offer, and hence can’t improve their market share.

How come this serious mistake is made over and over again? After all it’s common knowledge that quality makes you fast and able to respond to change in the long run. (I know, we’re irrational human beings…)

I don’t know if it’s true, but I want it to be:

“Quality is the best business plan.” – Pixar’s John Lasseter

At least, you can’t blame Pixar for not being successful…

More on the subject:

Fowler recently wrote an interesting piece on technical dept: http://martinfowler.com/bliki/TechnicalDebtQuadrant.html

There’s a book on the subject of not acting according to what’s known to work:
”The Knowing-Doing Gap” (ISBN 1422163520), which I haven’t read.

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