Programming

Software Development Cycles

The inside details of the software development cycle:

  1. Programmer produces code he believes is bug-free.
  2. Product is tested. 20 bugs are found.
  3. Programmer fixes 10 of the bugs and explains to the testing department that the other 10 aren’t really bugs.
  4. Testing department finds that five of the fixes didn’t work and discovers 15 new bugs.
  5. Repeat three times steps 3 and 4.
  6. Due to marketing pressure and an extremely premature product announcement based on overly-optimistic programming schedule, the product is released.
  7. Users find 137 new bugs.
  8. Original programmer, having cashed his royalty check, is nowhere to be found.
  9. Newly-assembled programming team fixes almost all of the 137 bugs, but introduce 456 new ones.
  10. Original programmer sends underpaid testing department a postcard from Fiji. Entire testing department quits.
  11. Company is bought in a hostile takeover by competitor using profits from their latest release, which had 783 bugs.
  12. New CEO is brought in by board of directors. He hires a programmer to redo program from scratch.
  13. Programmer produces code he believes is bug-free…

So true :)

8 thoughts on “Software Development Cycles

  1. “Programmer fixes 10 of the bugs and explains to the testing department that the other 10 aren’t really bugs.”
    I’m always in this phase

    “Original programmer, having cashed his royalty check, is nowhere to be found.”
    “Original programmer sends underpaid testing department a postcard from Fiji. Entire testing department quits.”
    but never in these phases :(

  2. Testing department only found 10 bugs because they took their checks and ran off to Fiji when they were suppose to be testing.

  3. @Mike: And the real fun is that it keeps on being true; probably forever…

    It made me laugh so loud and cry really hard ;)

  4. Very funny, but perhaps it should have been:

    10. Original underpaid programmer gets postcard from the testing department who went on a team building exercise in Fiji. Original programmer quits programming, testing team find 10 new bugs in their cocktails.

    :-)

    Paul.

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