Technical Discussion July 16 2010

Stories of rapid prototyping

  • web development frameworks are super fast
  • when you spend so long on a prototype maybe you should stop and evaluate it
  • use tools that don't involve programming like Game Maker
  • in game interactive editors are often useful (ex. minecraft, love mmo, cube engine, etc.)

Analysis Paralysis

The term "analysis paralysis" or "paralysis of analysis" refers to over-analyzing (or over-thinking) a situation, so that a decision or action is never taken, in effect paralyzing the outcome. A decision can be treated as over-complicated, with too many detailed options, so that a choice is never made, rather than try something and change if a major problem arises. A person might be seeking the optimal or "perfect" solution upfront, and fear making any decision which could lead to erroneous results, when on the way to a better solution.Wikipedia

  • seems to be a pretty common problem and a lot of us can relate to it
  • sometimes it is easier than you think
  • when the customer is something else it makes it worse since you try to get the most optimal and general solution
  • solution ideas:
    • pick one and go with "just do it"
    • find a balance between analysis and just doing it

Members present

  • Mediator: Eric Raue
  • John Kim
  • Alex Lorimer
  • Jordan Fox
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