happy-one wrote:I'm confused. Perhaps someone can shed some light on this. I see that Brad Oldham recieved the tech award for this very project; however, it appears that you are starting from scratch. Why not start with what he did and improve upon it? From what I have seen it looks like he has dedicated alot of time, thought, and energy for this very project. What am I missing?
Happy-one, I cant speak for Brad and those involved in the church but the situation is not an uncommon one in the industry. I work for a global software company which has been successful because of organic grow through purchase of other companies. During this process you inherit products with very different code bases. Some of it bad, restricted etc and some of it very good but it might not suit your existing resources.
On top of that also comes reworking of UI, graphics etc to fit in with the existing product range.
You also have to think long term about what other functionality you want added in the future, your existing security, existing data and weigh up all these things against starting from the beginning.
At our place we have done both but the experience mostly tell us that for a big organisation it's best to start from the beginning again.
Many will then think the previous effort has then been wasted and I have had developers who too felt their work had "been destroyed" but in reality their work has not been wasted as it is because of their work and their experience we now are in a position to know where we are going in terms of functionality and what works and what needs improving. Afterall its not the coding that takes the majority of the time.
In relation to the church HT/VT project what Brad has achieved (me looking from the outside in) I think is a breakthrough and he has set the minimum standard for what needs to be achieved. hence why he deserves the award.
Well done, Brad.