Technical Constraints

Questions by Mike Ritchie in September 2017

  • What are the biggest technical constraints you face in your development?
  • What would the consequences be of getting these trade-offs wrong?
  • How do these impact the way you would prefer to work, if you had more freedom?
  • How do you explain to new team members how the code is affected by these constraints?
  • What do you feel OK about compromising on?
  • What compromise would you go to great lengths to avoid making?
  • Do the trade-offs affect the quality of your product from a user’s perspective, or is their impact more internal?
  • What can you do to mitigate the effects of these compromises?
  • How do you stop compromise becoming a habit?
  • How do you know if your constraints are absolute or negotiable?
  • How do challenging constraints improve you as a developer?
  • If these constraints were magically removed, would you have a clear idea what parts of the code you’d want to change?

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