Most software being written today is crap. There are many reasons for this: people may not know any better or they may cut corners because of schedule pressure. The idea behind software craftsmanship is that software developers hold themselves up to a higher standard, and produce a quality product. The software craftsmanship calendars are designed to provide visual reminders to developers and teams to follow proven principles and avoid known antipatterns when writing software.
We've produced five Software Craftsmanship calendars in the past, covering years 2011-2014 and this year's 2016 calendar (funded by Kickstarter):
Many customers keep the calendars for display purposes once the month/year has passed. You can purchase 12"x12" black frames for under $10 each, and the images look great and extend the life of these great motivators:
Since we've already done this several times in the past, we know what needs to be done and we don't anticipate much risk of not completing this project if our funding goal is reached. (Yes, we're repeating ourselves)
Our goal for this Kickstarter campaign is to raise enough funding to cover most of our printing costs and to cover our designer's time (we'll be working with Wendy, who designed and photographed the 2016 calendar). After that, we hope to cover the remaining costs with some sponsorships and individual calendar sales. Ask your employer if they'd like to have their logo featured for an entire month in thousands of team rooms and offices around the world. Show that your company understands the value of software craftsmanship and quality.
At this point, we've produced 5 of these calendars, and we think it's time to revisit some of the best ideas we've had. Our plan is to produce this calendar as a sort of "Greatest Hits" or "Best Of" compilation. We will have stretch goals for adding new, unique ideas and treatments of prior concepts, which will be unlocked as the project gains additional funding levels.
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk we have would be that our first choice for designer becomes unavailable for some reason. If that were to occur, we have another designer who has also worked on past calendars we can go to.
Aside from that, the same risk applies to Brendan, Steve, and Michelle. If something were to happen to one of us, the others should be able to complete the project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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