You Might Be in a Broken Project If

I think that some of the best Java Posse rants happens when they do a live show. The following is my transcription from their live show at JavaZone 2007.

Top reasons indicating you might be in a broken project…

  • It adds three months to add a checkbox on a web UI
  • Everything starts to look like it would be quicker to rewrite
  • Everyone on the project has architect on their business card
  • Conversations always start with ‘oh that, that is really simple…’ followed by a thirty minute discussion of what is required
  • You time your life around The Build
  • The GUI is written in AWT or HTML 3.2
  • The GUI is written in something you wrote yourself
  • The Project X is a homegrown web framework
  • Someone just added five more hours of meetings to your day because the release is late
  • The guy that is supposed to train you, throws a file full of notes, and runs away
  • The lines of XML outnumber the lines of Java 10 to 1
  • You ask about JUnit tests and you get blank stares from everyone

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