Black Hole No. 1: Walking before you crawl
Obi-Wan: How long will it take before you can make the jump to light speed?
Han Solo: Travelling through hyperspace ain’t like dusting crops, boy! Without precise calculations we could fly right through a star, or bounce too close to a supernova and that’d end your trip real quick, wouldn’t it?
It is natural to focus on the eventual goal; the application that will be built and that will deliver the projected business benefits. However, it is equally important to focus on the quality of that deliverable, right from the project’s inception.
Fail in this and you will face abandoned projects, missed deadlines, and an application that may be implemented but will forever after be associated with instability and high maintenance costs.
The first essential step is to recognize this fact and to put application quality and its management at the heart of all your development efforts.
If you do not believe this or do not believe you can, then failure is much more likely than success.
This is the first in a series of ten lessons from Yoda, on the topic of Application Quality Management. 10 Black Holes to avoid for successful Application Delivery.