Sunday, November 2, 2008

2 Days: Chicken Soup For The Developer

A good rule for any company is to make sure that there's nothing that only one person can do. It doesn't have to be the case that everybody can do everything, but avoiding bottlenecks is a good idea. When you don't do this, disaster can occur -- paralyzing the company -- when a single person is unavailable, or leaves the company. Of course, with Groupthink, there is only one person, so there's no chance to spread the knowledge right now.

And, right now, I'm sick. Although it's just 5PM, it feels like night to me, I'm congested, I've had a massive headache all day, I've taken three long naps, my wife forced me to have chicken soup, I've worked a grand total of about an hour today. I didn't even get the benefit of the extra hour this morning!

Nobody else in my family is sick, so I'm hoping this is just a 24-hour bug and I can be back at it tomorrow. But, this certainly puts a crimp in my launch plans, which were already shaky. And it illustrates, again, just how difficult it is to have a date-driven schedule.


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