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A motivational calendar every software developer will appreciate.
A motivational calendar every software developer will appreciate.
302 backers pledged $17,132 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

Some Antipatterns
Some Antipatterns

 We've produced five Software Craftsmanship calendars in the past, covering years 2011-2014 and this year's 2016 calendar (funded by Kickstarter):

Customer action photo of the 2016 calendar
Customer action photo of the 2016 calendar

 

Stretch Goals
Stretch Goals

 

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:

Framed Calendar Image
Framed Calendar Image

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)

Don't Repeat Yourself
Don't Repeat Yourself

 

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.

  
Separation of Concerns
Separation of Concerns

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.

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    Digital Backer

    We will send you a link to download all of the images used in the 2017 calendar (and possibly some bonus images). These will be licensed for your personal use as desktop backgrounds, in your own presentations, etc.

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    Apprentice Backer

    Get your very own limited edition 2017 Software Craftsmanship Wall Calendar, as well as the digital download of all of the images.

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    Leave your mark on the calendar! Your name will be included inside the calendar as an individual supporter. For being awesome, you will also get 3 calendars so you can share them with developers who will appreciate (or who need) them!

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    Master Backer

    Leave your team's mark on the calendar! Your company or team's name will be included inside the calendar as a supporter. And as a reward for your support, you'll get 10 copies of the calendar to share with your team, customers, or whomever you like. You'll also receive the digital image pack.

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    Patron Backer

    Show your company's commitment to craftsmanship with this reward level. Your company name and logo will be included inside the calendar as a supporter, as well as on one month/topic. Show off your logo for a full month to thousands of developers. As an added bonus, you will also receive 50 calendars to distribute to your teams and clients, and the digital image pack.

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