Friday, May 26, 2006

Murphy's law 2 (Maguire's law)

A client went live yesterday with a new version (1.1.5) of their software. Whilst 1.1.3 and 1.1.4 had been tested, they had never gone live. This morning, urgent phone calls - "we cannot change items in the database, 3 users have got problems".

After a hours frenetic activity it turns out there was a bug in 1.1.2 (installed nearly 3 months ago), that had lain in wait for us.

Honestly, what are the chances of a 3 month old bug being found within 1 hour by three different people the day after another new version goes in?

Maguire's law - he said Murphy was an optimist! I'm off to buy a lottery ticket, i've got to win something with that luck.

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