Tuesday, June 19, 2001

Bloat is Satan Here's a long memo that supposedly comes from Silicon Graphics that talks about how raging bloat completely killed a recent software release. Addendums at the end of the memo talk about what they're trying to do to fix things.

The problem here is featuritis, solving problems by throwing features at them, instead of focusing on the simplest, most robust, solutions. Any company that has a disciplined focus on software simplicity has a competitive advantage over others, all else being equal. And this does not mean just software companies -- any company that uses software but focuses on technology simplicity will have competitive advantage over its peers. If anyone knows of such companies, drop me a line at zimran@winterspeak.com


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