George Williams wrote:Yes this is extremely frustrating and fare beyond the point of overpromising. After a while it just becomes a straight out lie to lure people to buy something that never gets delivered....
Also there is no still no releasedate which only means one thing: They have no clue how far they are.from delivering.
Nonsense excuse is that it is policy not to mention delivery dates, but that is just a euphemism for repeating they have no clue when to deliver.
I can't recall suppliers ever being this uncommitted to delivering on promise.
From what I have seen in 35 years or so of using (not creating) PC software, there are 4 possibilities regarding release dates:
- You work diligently and promise a firm release date. The night before the release date, elves who are capable of producing software code with no unexpected problems come in and finish the project. You meet the release date. Users love you.
- You work diligently and promise a firm release date. The elves don't show up, but gremlins do. You are committed to the release date, so you release the software with known bugs still in place. Users hate you.
- You work diligently and promise a firm release date. No elves, just gremlins. You refuse to release buggy or not-fully-functional software, so you miss the release date and set another one, which you also miss. Users hate you.
- You work diligently, but (perhaps having been burned by #3) you decline to promise a release date. Gremlins appear. It takes longer than you ever imagined. Users hate you. But when you finally do release it, it works near-flawlessly. Users claim they always loved you.