Why is software development so slow? Why do projects, features or whatever we want to implement take so much time to release?
Here is an idea for one simple reason – we do a lot of things that are not necessary even though there are no reasons for that. We tend to over optimize rather than just to take a look at the demand. I noticed this correlation between our effort and demand from my experience.
We should spend more time trying to understand the demand and ask such questions:
- Can i make a mock up to validate my assumption?
- Do i need to optimize my website for 100k visitors? Or maybe i can just set proper monitoring to see when things need my attention?
- Can i implement simple edit form first and move to a more complex workflow only after users try it?
p.s. it’s all assumed that all best technical practices like automated testing and continuous delivery are in place. Otherwise this must be a reason why you are slow.