Little Known Development Methods

Garbage Perpetuation Development (GPD) - You can’t believe how bad the existing code base is, but you’re afraid to open a can of worms, so everything you add to it is written in the same style. For the rest of your life, you can say, “It was like that when I got here.” 

Mansion in the Quicksand Development (MQD) - The opposite of Garbage Perpetuation Development, you are so shocked by the poor quality of the existing code that you vow that you’d rather swallow razor blades that code the same way. So you write a tight beautiful refactored masterpiece that will crash as soon as the underlying database loses its integrity (later tonight). 

Defer to the Framework Development (DFD) - You’re not sure how to tackle quite a few critical design/architecture issues, so you convince your boss to adopt the framework du jour and decide to “let it handle it”. As soon as someone needs something that the framework doesn’t handle, you blame management for making such a myoptic technology decision and say that it can’t be done. You keep your job and get a new boss every two years. 

Not Invented Here Development (NIHD) - The opposite of Defer to the Framework Development, as soon as you discover something the the current framework can’t handle, you abandon it and write all you own routines. Everything now works exactly as you want it, but with all the additional code to maintain, your backlog has just grown from 6 months to 2 years. 

Whoever Screams Loudest Development (WSLD) - Just as the name implies, you work for the customer who screams the loudest. If anyone screams louder, you drop everything and work on their project. 

F-Bomb Development (FBD) - Whenever everyone is screaming so loud you can’t hear anything, you work on the project of the customer who drops the most F Bombs. 

Start Over Development (SOD) - A critical requirement cannot be supported by the current architecture, so you decide to rewrite it. You spend 3 months designing the new architecture and then 6 months writing the new code. You never finish because you’re out of business. Now you know what “critical” means. 

Workaround Development (WAD) - The opposite of Start Over Development, you can make the current system do anything. You are so clever with your extra algorithms, functions, and data bases. Even with all your great variable naming and comments, six months later, you have no idea how anything works. 

Code Generation Development (CGD) - You’re so tired of writing the same code over and over, that you write a code generator to do it for you. What used to take a week only takes a few hours with the new tool. But you’re no further ahead because 80% of your time is needed to enhance and maintain the code generator. 

Infinite Prototyping Development (IPD) - Your customers and users are unable to describe or document their requirements. So you spend lots of time with them understanding their business and when you’re ready, you throw together a prototype. They love it, but it needs just a few changes. You keep making changes, but it always needs more. It stays a prototype forever. When the app crashes because of security or scaling issues, you’re off the hook because, “It’s only a prototype.” 

Infinite Analysis Development (IAD) - You never have to do anything because you never have specs. Woo hoo!