Saving time: To code or not to code?

Today’s XKCD comic (4/29/2013) asked the question, “How long can you work on making a routine task more efficient before you’re spending more time than you save?”

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Successful projects begin with sound solutions

Create a sound solution and let the user accomplish what they set out to do. In order to do that I have a set of key points I hold up and get others to buy-into as the development process starts.

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Can you support that new feature?

Adding new features is like getting a pet. Feature ownership can be very rewarding, but do you have the support and resources to take on such a commitment?

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Feature request: Recurs Thursday of first full week of June

I have a suggestion for a popular calendar application when it comes to recurring events. Allow the user to select a third option: designate a day of the week in the nth full week of the month. As you can see in my screenshot I have the ability to select two options in date selection […]

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Verbally Walk Through User Steps

When designing web or app functionality steps to be taken by the user, write out the steps, read the steps out loud, and see if at any point you stop and go, “this is ridiculously long.”

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Don’t get sucked down the development time hole

Time is not unlimited. If given time, we could spend 40 hours a week for eternity improving our projects whether they are code, applications, or services. The key to development is to prioritize and iterate. Development can be a huge time waster if you don’t have goals. Just like spending time on Facebook, gaming, or […]

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