Why it really can’t wait til later

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May 10th, 2010
at 5:20 pm

Posted in Design, Development, User Experience

How many times during the development of a new project do you come across something that is an obvious error but you tell yourself “it’s not a big one, I’ll wait til later to fix it” OR “the task I’m currently working on is much bigger, I’ll fix it during my cleanup phase”. I know I’m personally guilty of this more often than I’d like to admit.

Why is this a problem you ask?

If we put off fixing small bugs, it prevents us from seeing past it to the next mistake. It increases our chance to get quality feedback and to properly test before finishing the project.

Members of your team will be accustomed to seeing this error, and will start thinking that all bugs are just placeholders and you’ll get to it them sometime. It pushes everyone into making assumptions that “someone” will fix it later.

This is a dangerous place to be.

So please, drop what you’re doing, wire up that tiny bug, replace that placeholder image, and get rid of that lorem ipsum text. Start giving your testers every chance you can to succeed and help get your project polished and ready to launch.

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