Anti-patterns

By formally describing repeated mistakes, one can recognize the forces that lead to their repetition and learn how others have refactored themselves out of these broken patterns.

Some of my favorites:

  • Analysis paralysis: Devoting disproportionate effort to the analysis phase of a project
  • Design by committee: The result of having many contributors to a design, but no unifying vision
  • Death march: Everyone knows that the project is going to be a disaster – except the CEO. However, the truth remains hidden and the project is artificially kept alive until the Day Zero finally comes (“Big Bang”).
  • Software bloat: Allowing successive versions of a system to demand ever more resources

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