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The Software Over-specification Death Spiral

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I see a common pattern with startups and teams I’ve advised or been a part of. I call it the Software Over-specification Death Spiral, or SODS for short.

It looks like this:

  1. Product Manager (or CEO, Engineering Manager, etc) drafts up some sort of specifications or requirements for a new feature or product.
  2. Product Manager (or CEO…




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Osman (Ozzie) Osman

Co-founder, Monarch Money. Ex-Quora, Google.

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