Production Ready

October 19, 2007 at 5:19 pm | Posted in programming | Leave a comment

Today, I discovered a definition for “production ready”:

An application is production ready, if it takes longer to find bugs than to fix bugs.

Of course, that’s not too much of an insight, because it’s just another way of stressing the importance of testing.

Sure enough this thought occurred to me, when working with software which is not production ready.  And a big part of why this particular software is not production ready lies in the fact, that its release/deployment process, which must be counted into the time to fix a bug, is too long to allow the developers to get ahead of me, the tester.

And that’s also why perpetual beta is possible with web applications. With no release/deployment effort, developers can beat the users in the race for bugs – in particular if the developers are users themselves.

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