Thursday, December 23, 2010

Change control

Change control is vital. But the forces that make it necessary also make it annoying. We
worry about change because a tiny perturbation in the code can create a big failure in the
product. But it can also fix a big failure or enable wonderful new capabilities. We worry
about change because a single rogue developer could sink the project; yet brilliant ideas
originate in the minds of those rogues, and a burdensome change control process could
effectively discourage them from doing creative work.

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