How to prevent itThey say that people use 20% of a software’s features 80% of their time, so bloating will just make this percentage look uglier. The best method to prevent bloating AFAIK is to go agile, this way you would only implement what your customer needs and uses, and if they didn’t like it, you would either change it or dump it. If you’re not agile, go for your customer feedbacks. Search through forums on the web and check what people think of your software and its flaws. 90% of the time, people are arguing about something that is there but shouldn’t be and 10% they are telling you to add features to the software. Keep your software shiny and polished. It’s like a car, if you drive it every day, and you add some jumble bumble to it once a day, and keep doing so for a whole year, you’re gonna have a messy car you’re very comfortable with but anyone else would panic to sit in that goo pile, let alone drive it. If you’re going to make your software better, don’t add features. I know your head is boggling with ideas on how to add things to your software every night you want to go to bed, but for everyone’s sake please cut the thought. Try to polish what you already have there, and add features when they are really necessary. When people go out (on the Web of course!) to shop for software, they choose the one which is most user friendly -and also has bare minimum required features of that genre of software- and dump everything that is hard to start getting along with. It’s a fact, don’t fool yourself. For example I love all OmniGroup products though many of them might lack certain advanced features but I can always find my way around them without any hassle and I think their huge customer base thinks just the same.
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