Head of Engineering
I recently read an article that said teams should ask “why now” instead of “why” when making large product and engineering decisions. It struck a chord.
There is a cost associated with all things software engineering, in house engineering is not an infinite resource.
When the question of why we need a “feature” is asked I have found it is usually backed by two types of reasoning;
Engineering teams are busier than ever, corporate want to manage costs and see gains more than ever and this gives us a problem; we cannot build everything now.
There is fierce competition when it comes to a business that has a core function based on building software. Startups and small companies can sweep in quickly and rapidly which will have a costly consequence. Some thought provokers that you can dig into when deciding what to build now and prioritise
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