// Richard Hart / Hates_

Hard Deadlines

annoyances, programming

On almost every single project I’ve worked on, hard deadlines have been nearly always been the cause of any stress or frustration that arises. One day you’re asked to make rough estimates and then next thing you know they become pegged to a date in the future that you must meet at all cost (But you said you think it would only take X days!). Even worse is when someone non-technical makes the estimates for you and passes them down from on high (Look, this is the all the time we have, I’m sure you’ll be fine!).

Why do we still insist on having hard deadlines? Yeah I know, we asked for more features but now the project is “late” so you’ve failed to do your job. Yet, if the deadline wasn’t concrete, the project would have more features then initially scoped and delivered in a timely fashion, you’re a success!

New features are always requested, changes are always wanted and bugs will always be found. If everyone just accepted (understood) that writing software isn’t exact science then we’d all have a lot less stress to deal with and we can stop feeling like a failure for not meeting that pie-in-the-sky deadline.

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Cake

life

Two people want to share a cake. The reasonable person asks for half the cake, the unreasonable person asks for the whole cake. They compromise and split the difference – the unreasonable person gets three quarters of the cake and the reasonable person gets a quarter.

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House Prices are Rising Fast Again

housing

“The thing that is different about this bubble from the last one in 2006/2007 (and I use this word intentionally) is the sheer nervousness out there. Nobody aside from estate agents is actually excited about the rise – people are confused, and some are angry, and most people don’t understand what is happening. There is much more widespread acceptance that this cannot go on, and widespread confusion as to where buyers are actually getting their money from.”

Everyone constantly asks “Why don’t you get a mortgage?” and 99% of the time the people who ask are either those who bought during the early 80s or already own a property. Does no one see the ridiculousness of the current property market in London? Every day there is another article that talks of a looming bubble and the potential for a housing disaster.

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The Sin of Not Improving

books, quotes

“It’s no sin to be a beginner or an intermediate. It’s no sin to be a competent programmer instead of a leader. The sin is in how long you remain a beginner or an intermediate after you know what you have to do to improve.”

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A Distant Mountain

quotes

“Something that worked for me was imagining that where I wanted to be was a mountain. A distant mountain. My goal. And I knew that as long as I kept walking towards the mountain I would be all right. And when I truly was not sure what to do, I could not stop, and think about whether it was taking me towards or away from the mountain.” – Neil Gaiman

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