Friday Wisdom – The Software Demo

When demoing new software to the company CEO, new and severe bugs will suddenly appear forcing the presenter to spend twenty minutes saying, “It didn’t do this during testing.”

This will be followed by a ten minute lecture from the CEO on the importance of quality in engineering.

More wisdom next week,


About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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25 Responses to Friday Wisdom – The Software Demo

  1. it occurs most of the times we demonstrate the product, the thing is only how do you manage those 10 minutes in explanation of why those bugs are appearing 😛


  2. Ouch. And in his lecture, the CEO will fail to mention the arbitrary deadline that he assigned for the software demo despite the developers’ requests for additional QA time.

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  3. The most entertaining product launch I attended was at IBM here in Melbourne. We the customers were waiting to drool over the new toy that was to be released and nothing happened. For half an hour we watched a lot of blokes crawl about the floor, bums in the air, cabling everywhere, wondering what went wrong. It was nice to see someone else doing what we usually did.

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  4. Patrick Solomon says:

    But then, the CEO missed the memo that requested the necessary hardware to test the software on, prior to the customer demo.

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  5. Debra says:

    I think I’ll pass on the opportunity to be a software presenter! I avoid situations that lead to a lecture!

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  6. Ugh. Sounds awful.

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  7. Allan G. Smorra says:

    Good point, Andrew. I have found that success happens in private and failure happens in front of everyone.

    Happy Weekend,

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  8. And so goes your 1/2 hour meeting, eh? 😉

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  9. The CEO’s comments are about as reassuring as most of his other reassurances…

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  10. I’m nodding along with you though for me, it’s online, as my virtual hangout goes silent or dark. Sigh.

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