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Charlie Babcock
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1/27/2017 | 6:14:49 PM
Quick, cheap or right, pick two -- isn't quite 'right'.
Well said, Ron Hodges. You can have it quick, cheap or right, pick two. Also, Mark Thiele's the joy of work is good for an avocation, the joy of delivery is good for a vocation. With perfectionists unwilling to experiment until everything is just right, substitute "correctness" for joy of work and you can see why "right" is sometimes a source of slow delivery. To get it quick and almost right on the first try is a way to add "cheap" to the first formula, because a quick solution that's almost right can be corrected through experience and be producing as a deliverable long before exactly right ever gets delivered.
Ron_Hodges
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1/26/2017 | 12:38:12 PM
Tolerance for risk, and the "iron triangle"
A couple of observations to add to your insights.  One aspect of the desirability of speed is the tolerance for risk the organization has.  If the organization performs functions where errors in applications can have catastrophic consequences, then speed may be secondary to correctness.  Speed can itself mitigate such risks in that if you can fix problems fast after they are identified, this reduces the impact if the risk is realized.  But risk of errors is categorically different in air traffic control than it is in Facebook pages.

This seems to lead back to the old "iron triangle" of "you can have it quick, cheap or right -- pick any two."  While things like Agile development methods and DevOps can alter the relationship between these factors, it won't fundamentally change the nexus of constraints.


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