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Release It! by Michael T. Nygard

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Chapter 18Adaptation

... pity us all, Who vainly the dreams of youth recall. For of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: “It might have been!”

John WhittierMaud Muller

No matter how bold the vision or how severe the crunch mode, the system that launches will always be less than it might have been. The new system is a flawed and diminished thing, barely suited to its purpose in life. Will it remain so, or will it grow into its creators’ vision?

The true birth of a system comes not on the day that design and development begins, or even when the project is conceived, but on the day it launches into production. This is a beginning, not an end. Over time, the system will grow and mature. It will gain new features. It will lose ...

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