Questions tagged [deadlines]

According to Wikipedia, a time limit or deadline is a narrow field of time, or particular point in time, by which an objective or task must be accomplished. In project management, deadlines are most often associated with milestone goals.

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Is "releases mutexes in reverse order" required to make this deadlock-prevention method work?

Operating System Concepts says 7.4.4 Circular Wait The fourth and final condition for deadlocks is the circular-wait condition. One way to ensure that this condition never holds is to impose a total ...
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Adding a new developer just before deadline is horrible. But what is not?

Imagine a project is assigned to a team, deadline is estimated as 8 months. After 6 months it becomes apparent the project will most certainly not be complete on time(e.g a law changes or a hidden ...
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Is there such thing as minimum testing required when building a software?

As far as I know, ideally testing should be done extensively as hard and far as possible, however sometimes (always) we are required to ship quickly. In case of a delayed or a over-deadline projects, ...
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Prevent deprecated code from compiling after reaching a deadline [closed]

In my team we have been cleaning a lot of old stuff in a big monolithic project (whole classes, methods, etc.). During that cleaning tasks I was wondering if there is a kind of annotation or library ...
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software disaster recovery when an engineer is suddenly unavailable

Recently in my company we had a project where the deadline was very tight, and everything was going according to plan until I was unavailable due to extreme personal issues. Eventually we missed the ...
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Is it reliable to use and download libraries needed from GitHub and copy-pasting codes in order to increase productivity? [duplicate]

I'm just wondering. Is it okay or true that some of the best programmers once taught that to become an effective programmer is through being a lazy programmer rather than spend time memorizing lots of ...
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Why are deadlines always so short? [duplicate]

I'm a junior developer in a small company (in a team of 2 developers). Everytime we are asked to implement a new feature: the deadline is set so that we just have time to do the development: there is ...
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How do you deal with being behind on a task? [closed]

I have a question for you guys. Say, you're given a task as an item in a product backlog. Say, you have a deliverable that's due the following day. If you're behind on the task compared to when you ...
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Project is nearly done, but procedural spaghetti code. Do I rewrite or just keep trying to ship it? [closed]

I'm a beginner web developer (one year of experience). A couple of weeks after graduating, I got offered a job to build a web application for a company whose owner is not much of a tech guy. He ...
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Estimated work remaining doesn't get lower [duplicate]

I'm working as a developer / architect on a software project. The project manager decided not to follow the Agile principles, but to rather have an Excel sheet with all the feature requests and their ...
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What should be the minimal quantity of code production per week? [duplicate]

I'll try to further explain what I mean. Imagine you are the boss of a company. You have to deal with the tradeoff between the quality of the code and the speed of producing it. Let's assume to ...
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In freelance software development, what kind of penalties should firms have when they miss deadlines? [closed]

I was talking with a co-developer. He has a client that wanted to make sure that he delivers on time. The client wants repercussions for missed deadlines. While I do not do freelance work, I couldn'...
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Are missed deadlines common in programming jobs? [closed]

It was my freelancer job at oDesk. I have done several jobs earlier in given time, but is was the first time I missed the deadline. It was a very lengthy job and I tried my best but I still missed the ...
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Increasing User Changes/Requirements in Agile Methodology

My question is quite simple. How to handle a situation where the team is applying agile methodology in software projects and there so many iterations and change in requirements, that the schedule is ...
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Obsessed with finding most elegant solution [duplicate]

I find that at times I get obsessed with finding the most elegant solution to a problem or task. I'll spend hours trawling the internet/texts for ideas and discussion on the right way to solve a ...
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Establish/meet deadlines when I am constantly working with unfamiliar platforms and frameworks [closed]

I work for a product development organization that is in online advertising. The assignments I receive are almost always on platforms or tools that I have never worked on before. At first it was ...
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Contracting out software development; deliver user stories or business requirements?

We are a small company that I am lead developer on, and we have been having on and off meetings with a potential stakeholder for a good opportunity. This stakeholder is helping us directly in getting ...
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Short Deadline and QAing Yourself

When you have a short deadline to being with, and you're nearing the end of development, would you rather rush through coding to dedicate more time to QAing or keep your pace and possible have VERY ...
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Setting realistic expectations for deadlines

I'm a tech lead for a small team. One of the major tasks on my plate is communicating with the client. One thing I find particularly difficult is dealing with deadlines because they are mandated by ...
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Is there any hope for writing good code atop a horribly designed database?

Here's my predicament. One of several programs I've recently inherited is built with a horrible database on the backend. The esteemed creators of it apparently did not appreciate relational concepts. ...
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What is the most effective way of communicating potential delays in software development?

In development, what is the best way to manage delays? For example, you're doing a task, new requirements come in/something which further steepens the learning curve of something that must be learnt ...
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"Build your own website" - Developing a CMS with Vague Requirements on a Tight Deadline [closed]

I'm a Java developer in charge of making a product which allows clients to "build their own site". I've spent a lot of time looking into Liferay, as I don't have any experience in building CMSs, and ...
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