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Design by committee — Universal Principles

Design by committee

In the 80th Stack Overflow podcast, Joel Spolsky discusses why consistency is necessary to get a great product. He is commenting on the suggestion that you continuously look at the top customer requests for your product and work on them.

That sounds like a particularly bad version of design by committee. [...] You’ll never get an iPhone by asking cell phone users what they want, that’s how you get Windows Mobile, if you just sit there adding features, and adding features, and adding features, and adding features, and adding features. If at any given time you take the top 10 features that people want and you’re working on them, you never gonna get a phone with one button on the front screen and that’s it.

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