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MORE JOEL ON SOFTWARE: Further Thoughts on Diverse and Occasionally Related Matters That Will Prove of Interest to Software Developers, Designers, and Managers, and to Those Who, Whether by Good Fortune or Ill Luck, Work with Them in Some Capacity by Joel Spolsky

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thirty-sixSET YOUR PRIORITIES

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2005

It was getting time to stop futzing around with FogBugz 4.0 and start working on 5.0. We just shipped a big service pack, fixing a zillion tiny little bugs that nobody would ever come across (and introducing a couple of new tiny little bugs that nobody will ever come across), and it was time to start adding some gen-yoo-ine new features.

By the time we were ready to start development, we had enough ideas for improvement to occupy 1,700 programmers for a few decades. Unfortunately, all we have is three programmers, and we wanted to be shipping next fall, so there had to be some prioritization.

Before I tell you how we prioritized our list of features, let me tell you two ways not to do ...

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