• 39th CSUN Assistive Technology Conference - March 18-22, 2024 at the Anaheim Marriott

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Software is like Fire – It Consumes Adjacent Resources

This presentation is for people who want to review the costs of 1) feature creep and 2) the costs of not immersing yourself and your development team with prospective users in the environment where the project/product will be used. Software project/product sponsors might find several percent of the projects that need doing are not amenable to immersion in the environment and with prospective users. Looking at real-world software, a recently landed alien would have to assume that it was almost impossible to immerse a development team in the destination environment or get its prospective users to confess what might make a desirable deliverable. The author has 65 years of experience in software development and delivery. He hasn’t always been the quickest learner. But 65 years of learning at a crawl is still a lot of learning. Hear some war stories and a few mantras that hopefully will help you focus at critical times. Software could be so much better with so little additional effort upfront. And there might even be time saved at the end. The presenter has extensive experience developing assistive tech for most Section 508 disabilities.  
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Government
  • Research & Development
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Session Summary (Abstract)
Feature creep can appear at all software development levels. Higher-ups demand extra features. Programmers decide to enhance a feature they are sure everyone will appreciate. The most appreciated software developer is the manager who can say “No.”  
Primary Topic
Information & Communications Technology (ICT)  
Secondary Topics
  • Blind/Low Vision
  • Captions & Transcription
  • Development
  • Digital Accessibility
Session Type
General Track  


  • John Medcalf
    VOTEC Corporation

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