028: Buy vs. DIY
Engineers love to build things. Materializing an abstract concept into the form of a working piece of software is one of the most thrilling experiences available on planet earth. As such, we engineers often favor building new software over buying existing solutions. However, doing so takes time and energy; and, incurs a potentially-large opportunity cost for the business. It can be difficult to know if such a trade-off is worthwhile for the business in the long-run. This week, the crew examines the "build vs. buy" dilemma; and, reflects on their own general tendencies.
Notes & Links
- Kent Beck: Test Driven Development By Example - a book that teaches programmers by example, so they can painlessly and dramatically increase the quality of their work.
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