Even my mother can use it …

Lots of lies, lots of fun…

"Even my mother can use it.

(Read: My mother has a degree in Computer Science and she develops her own apps, and she will find the feature easy to use.) "

Top ten lies of Engineers (From Guy Kawasaki)

1. “We're about to go into beta testing"
2. “I don't know anything thing about marketing…”
3. “I'll comment the code, so that the next person can understand what I did.”
4. ….

The REAL Top ten Lies of Engineers list (from Marcelo Calbucci)

1. We are on track to ship on the scheduled date.
(Read: we will be 2-3x late)

2. This feature will only take a week to add to the product.
(Read: the feature will take 3 weeks).

3. We should rewrite this component because it’s full of bugs.
(Read: I can’t understand what the previous engineer did, so I think it is easy to write from
scratch. It will have the same amount of bugs, but at least I’ll understand)

4. …

Top Management Lies (from Kathy Sierra):

1. "My job is to be a buffer between you and upper management."
(Read: Your job is to make me look good to upper management.)

2. "We value your criticism and ideas."
(Read: If you're so smart, how come I'm a manager and you're not?)

3. "We set reasonable deadlines, and we never underbid our projects… so our employees don't need to work weekends."
(Read: Since when is Saturday part of the weekend?)



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