Edward Bear Does Not Have Time to Improve.

In many companies the software assets and practices are left to rot. This indifference to fundamental quality issues is justified with phrases like "we are in a hurry", "we need to create new stuff", and other nonsense. Software is going to require maintenance and further development for its whole life. If you neglect to keep it fit it is going to haunt you back for sure. And it gets worse. If you leave your code base and practices to rot, you will eventually paralyse your whole productiveness. See Ken Schwaber explain it in this InfoQ video.

I have used the story about timber jack being so late at his logging site, that he does not have time to sharpen his saw. Some time ago I bumped into another quote that makes the same point.

“HERE is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it.”

It really gets painful sometimes.

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