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Overengineering can kill your product

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It refers to the fact of designing a product in a more complex way than necessary:

Overengineering (or over-engineering, or over-kill) is the act of designing a product or providing a solution to a problem in an overly complicated manner, where a simpler solution can be...

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Overengineering causes

  • Trying to anticipate the future and be ready for the unknown: It's easy to think that we can make it future-proof by investing a little more time “just in case”.
  • A lack of experience. The more senior you are, the less prone you are to overengineer....

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It increases development costs. If engineers do not choose the simplest solution to address a problem, the costs in time and money increase, preventing us from iterating faster. 

It also increases your maintenance costs. Simple code is much easier to progr...

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The best way to prevent over-engineering is to turn your engineers into true product engineers.

  • Involve them in the day-to-day business, explaining the why after each initiative, and linking it with the metrics that matter for the organization and its vision. ...

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  • YAGNI(“You are not going to need it”) tries to prevent you from adding anything that is not strictly necessary to solve the problem you have in front of you because the reality is that most likely, “you won’t need it”.
  • KISS (“Keep it simple stupid”...

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