The best way to prevent over-engineering is to turn your engineers into true product engineers.
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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 demonstrated to exist with the same efficiency and effectiveness as that of the original design.
In the context of software: Code or design that solves problems you don’t have.
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 program, test, and modify. When you complicate it, the complexity can grow exponentially, impacting our iteration speed.
Product engineers are experts at identifying, understanding and solving problems. But the problems you tackle – and therefore the impact that you have – don’t have to be limited to the work you do within a text editor or integrated development environment.
Having an impact outside the code editor is about finding ways to shape your company’s culture as much as you build the product. That way, your positive impact will be felt far and wide.
We typically define product discovery in contrast with product delivery. Product discovery is used to describe the work done to make decisions about what to build, while product delivery is the work done to build, ship, and maintain a production quality product.
Good product discovery includes the customer throughout the decision-making process. through: customer interviews, usability tests, A/B tests, demand tests, customer journey mapping, experience mapping, story mapping, OKRs, opportunity solution trees, ethnographic studies, customer visits, and so on.
To solve a problem, you have to understand exactly what the problem is.
When you start solving a problem, be sure to understand the starting point, the end goal, and the obstacles in between. The worst possible thing is to produce a solution that actually doesn’t do what’s expected.
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