Disruption has been the buzzword in tech for the last half a decade or so, and I thought it might be interesting to detail how disruption has personally changed my life as it simultaneously changed the fashion industry.
First, let’s define a few terms:
- Ready to wear (RTW) – These are clothes sold “off the rack” in standardized sizes. You can have these clothes altered to fit you more precisely, but all clothes in one size are made to the same standard from the same pattern. You can go to Dillards and be wearing the suit you purchase within a week (assuming you have it altered). The price range is generally somewhere between $300 and $1,500, excluding outliers.
Prior to the release of The Jazz Singer in 1927, live musicians accompanied motion pictures in movie theaters. After the integration of synchronized sound, live musicians were no longer necessary. Protesting this technological advancement that took away their jobs, the Music Defense League spent $500,000 (quite a sum of money in the 1930s!) on an ad campaign featuring a maniacal robot. (more…)
I may live to regret this analogy.
But let’s consider this a PSA for the purpose of maintaining your software application . . . perhaps co-sponsored by your local ASPCA or Animal Rescue.
I frequently find that clients think of their applications like a very heavy piece of furniture — one of those uber-plushy, leather recliners. You buy it, you stick it in the corner, and, there it sits, comfy and dependable, aging gracefully in place for years until a spouse puts a foot down and insists that it be updated for a newer model. The chair is dragged to the corner or sold at a yard sale or hauled to the transfer station. (more…)
Amid the OS updates rolled out last week, one of the iOS updates may have passed by the casual observer or novice application developer with little notice.
iOS 11 no longer supports 32-bit applications. Technically, there’s no reason to not support 32-bit applications. There’s no real magic in 64-bit applications. But since Apple has been pushing for 64-bit applications for about 3 years and any developer seasoned in iOS development has adopted this standard for any new applications and updated any maintained applications, this is effectively Apple’s way of culling from the glutted AppStore all the abandoned and crusty applications in one fell swoop. Once someone updates their iOS device to iOS 11, your application, if it’s not 64-bit, simply will cease to work. (more…)
It’s happening more and more lately.
Me: . . . Okay, so I understand a little bit about your project goals and how they fit in with your business needs. . . Can you tell me, if you know, what technologies your current application was built with?
Client: Um. . . I’ve heard some of the folks say “PHP”. . . does that make sense?
Me: Sure does. Any idea what version of PHP and which framework it might be leveraging?
Client: Oooh, I don’t know. . . I can get that for you though. . .
Me: That’s okay. How about this: How old is the application and when is the last time you did an update?
Client: Well, we developed it in 2007 and we had a person who worked on it for just a couple years after that but they aren’t here anymore. . .
Software development has moved through several “ages” as both technical innovation and the cultural evolution driven by those technical innovations has moved from the early adopters through the late adopters and permeated our expectations of what technology is. (more…)
I still run into a lot of companies that have the expectation that software development can be done on a fixed-price basis. They’re either still used to waterfall management style, or dealing with goods vendors, or, maybe a few are still running into software developers willing to work on a fixed-price basis.
On this blog, we’ve talked about the dangers inherent in fixed-price development services. How companies willing to offer an FPB will triple their hourly rate for change requests in order to make up the margin they already know exists between what they think the project will cost, and what it actually will end up costing. How every project, no matter how well planned out, rarely looks the same at the finish as it did at the start. How the number of unknowns at the start of a development project could fill a dump truck. What we haven’t talked much about is when it is reasonable to ask for, or expect, a fixed price. (more…)