Eating Elephants: Conquering Big Projects One Bite at a Time

Have you ever started a new software development project, or been given a task that at face value seems simple enough? But as you start digging deeper, you realize that you have only just seen the tip of the iceberg? The deeper you dig, the more paralyzed you become by the scope you have uncovered… and before you know it, deadlines pass and you have barely put two lines of code together. Starting a new and ambitious project is always a daunting prospect. More often than not, focusing on the grander picture distracts us from making progress, whilst if we look at the smallest piece of work we can end up a long way off course. Paralysis by analysis can break even the soundest of software development projects. This presentation will walk through some strategies that you can use for getting over these speed bumps. From reviewing the definition of a Minimum Viable Product (MVP), through to revisiting basic software principles. So you too can learn to Eat the Elephant… and have room for dessert.

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