The Model Home

The other day I was having a discussion with my co-worker Justin and came up with an analogy I rather like. I was working on three similar, but slightly different features and first decided to build the foundation for all three of these. Not long in and Justin recommended that I should probably get one of them working (a vertical slice) and then building the other two should be a lot smoother because the patterns defined in the first will already be proven.

This makes sense and I have done this in the past. This time around though, a few ideas came to mind:

  • How often does Chris like to change his mind and refactor? Lots, probably a bit too much sometimes.
  • Would you really pour the foundation of 50 homes, then build the frames, then all the other stuff that it takes to build a home? Nope. Start with a model home.
  • What’s better (in case it were to happen), 10 features 90% done or 9 out of 10 features complete? Probably the latter.

I ended up building one feature fully (vertical) and then was able to build the (horizontal) pieces of the other features as I already proved they were working and good enough in the first.

I think the model home analogy is a good one for me and I thought I would share.

About Chris Missal

Oh hey, I'm a Senior Consultant for Headspring in Austin, TX. I've been working in software professionally since 2006 and I really, really love it. I'm mostly in the Microsoft world, but enjoy building computer things of all sorts (to be vague). When I'm not slinging code, I'm probably out and about slinging discs, bowling balls, or good beer with great friends.
This entry was posted in Best Practices, Design Principles, Development, DRY. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.
  • marc

    the title made me think of playboy mansion ;-)

    useful analogy, though.

  • John

    How often does Chris talk about himself in the 3rd person?