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For decades, the “best practice” for developing high-quality, low-defect software has been to devise a detailed “software development plan” and then generate mountains of paperwork to go with the software. The space shuttle flight software is built this way, for example. The result is highly reliable software, but the practice is slow, expensive, stifles innovation, and most programmers hate it.
It does not have to be this way.
We argue that prolix software development plans can usually be replaced by a handful of simple checklists that result in improved software quality and reduced total development time. The trick is in getting the checklists right. A good checklist can work wonders, but a bad checklist can be worse than no checklist at all.
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ichard Hipp has been working in 0pen-source software for decades and is the lead programmer for SQLite database and the Fossil DVCS. He is the recipient of the 2005 Google/O’Reilly Open Source Award for Best Integrator. Richard holds graduate degrees from Georgia Tech and Duke University. He lives in Charlotte, NC, and makes his living writing and supporting open-source software.
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