27 February 2007

The last 10% takes 90% of the Time

I guess its easy when it's a larger project.  There's a Project Manager, there are Account Managers, there are User Representatives.  They may or may not be actually doing much.  But they're there, pushing for completion.

When it's only two developers working together, it's hard!  How do you keep the focus, keep the energy going, especially on a short-term project that you have zero interest in...?

23 February 2007

Software Testing

OK, I confess: I'm a crap software tester.  I totally lack the nit-picky, step-by-step, over-and-over, document-each-step patience and discipline needed for the task.

Jason and I are just trying to finish-off the last 3% of a project.  You know!  The 3% that takes 50% of the time.  We're bored with the project, sour on the whole concept, and have much more exciting ideas we would rather be getting on with.  My job is to drive the testing, and I'm having a rough time knuckling down to it.  How I wish we had a good tester on the team!

Good testers are worth their weight in gold.

Old New Venture

Sometimes you just plain run out of energy.

That's what happened to us last year.  Bruised and sore from the sheer amount of energy we put into Flightwish, only to be repeatedly turned down, we gave up.  I even contemplated selling our domain names – a nice block of four closely-related names – on eBay.

But, as renewal date for the domains approaches, we have decided to give it a go once more.  After all, before we got involved with business plans, venture capital companies, bullshit artists, prototypes and minds-games, the idea really was cool, and targets a real need.  After all, the concept originated with my Dad -- a total non-techie, which gives it a lot more credibility than most of the web startups out there.

So we've started kicking the tyres again, and lo and behold! The fun is creeping back into it!  We've no idea whether we can make any money out of this, now or ever.  We don't care, right now.  We have a cool idea for a web community that we want to put together with some help from our friends, and we're going to have some fun doing it for as long as we can keep the lights on.  Drop me a line if you're at all interested...

We've put up a fun front-page so far, where we can drop a few hints as we work on the software.
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