discontinuous integration

Today I discovered that the corporate software development process here is iterative! Which means that there’s an “iterative” design/code phase, followed by an “iterative” integration/test phase… (This is where a sense of humour becomes a survival mechanism.)

My department is involved in the integration/test phase for every project. And in my quest to find ways to begin measuring throughput, naturally I asked how long a project will typically spend in that phase. It turns out that a rare few can get done in a couple of days, most require 2-6 weeks, and at least one project took over four months to successfully integrate.

I wonder if I’ve bitten off more than I can chew…

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