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CVDD – Curriculum Vitae Driven Design

Posted by Uberto Barbini on March 31, 2008

I’m in debt to Giovanni Asproni for this new acronim. But the fact behind the term is very well known here.

Let’s start saying that it’s a matter of fact, although a sad one, that a lot of enterprise projects are poor designed.

But, as strange it may seem, in my career I (almost) never saw a simplicistic design, they are all wrong on the over-complicated side.

So why is this happening? If they were all producted by morons, they ought to be equally distributed on both side of the Gaussian. Also I have anectdotical evidence that not everybody in the contractor world is a moron (honestly!).

So, as you may have guessed, the reason behind it is a little more complicated and it has Darwinistic-like reasons.

As contractors’ life goes, you need to keep your resume always updated to the latest hype and keywords in order to be recruited. And simply you don’t have enought spare time to learn everything, so…
a solution appears misteriously in front of you: Put whatever is the current buzzword in your next design document.

Add some new fancy framework or library to your current project, and learn it, test it, experiment with it at your usual tariff.  It’s brilliant and convenient!

I’m not sure to blame only the contractors, it’s a response to the market absurd rules. If customers were looking for developers who know how write simple and elegant code, they would get exactly that.
Instead they usually hire developers with the most buzzwords complete CV. And at the end, they will obtain CVDD applications. Unnecessary complicated, with tons of once-popular frameworks, often misused, etc. etc.

Disclaimer: in case you’re considering to hire me, I would never do anything of this sort!🙂

2 Responses to “CVDD – Curriculum Vitae Driven Design”

  1. Filippo said

    Agreed.
    Interesting enough, you can see this pattern in several, related fields.
    How many PMs have “managed team of 20 developers” to build yet-another-slow-and-crappy intranet application? And why not mention software architects that build horizontally-vertically-scalable, distributed applications (that won’t ever need to scale and to be distributed)?

  2. uberto said

    Of course, you’re right. Not only developers, but the whole consulting industry is CV-driven.
    It’s a kind of natural selection.

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