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Software Projects Anxiety

October 16th, 2007 by Moti Karmona | מוטי קרמונה · 4 Comments

Software Projects Experience Anxiety Disorder* The 1st manned landing on Earth’s Moon was the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969 and the last one was Apollo 17 on December 7, 1972
* Current U.S. Vision for Space Exploration calls for a human landing on the Moon no later than 2019

2019-1972=47 (!!!)

Someone wise once gave this as a metaphorical example for a common engineers disorder, he called experience-anxiety-disorder, claiming that NASA stopped sending manned missions to the moon since they now know much more about the complexity and risk with doing this.

During the early seventies, it was a nice, naive working implementation but when NASA engineers started thinking about the next release they have built a five-decades-project-plan simply because they considered all the technological experience they have gained into large complexity buffers.

The Moral Lesson
Keep-it-simple can-do-approach and don’t over-complicate things with the long-tail-little-details when not needed or the project will take 5 decades to finish.

How do you know you are have an experience-anxiety-disorder?
If someone ask you to add a button to change the database schema and this make you feel a mixture of fear, apprehension, heart palpitations, nausea, chest pain, shortness of breath and headache.

What to do?
Sit down and relax, drink a cup of water and then add the damn button!

Last Long-Tail-Detail
Well… I don’t want to ruin this lovely moral lesson with the long-tail-little-detail but the real facts behind this 47 years gap were politics and money (as always) and not that NASA engineers got a severe experience-anxiety-disorder.

Google Trends (a.k.a. my experiment – part IV – Almost forgot…)

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Tags: Planning · Project Management · Psychology · Software Management

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1  Pasha Bitz // Oct 17, 2007 at 6:37 am

    I like the parallel.

  • 2  You know who... // Oct 17, 2007 at 3:12 pm

    You saved me a long comment by that last paragraph…

  • 3  Moti Karmona // Oct 17, 2007 at 10:43 pm

    I know…

    P.S. Why can’t you use your real name Kalish?

  • 4  lotusflower // Nov 14, 2007 at 7:21 am

    Aha! Yes I was just at the Google Trends site and I did a lot of search experiments.. I found out things that might be useful :-)

    Aaah the anxiety of managing projects.


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