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Adding quirks from an old system to a new system because that's what people are used to - a term for this?

Is there a term for the above? When building a new system developers are sometimes instructed (that is a different issue) to "keep things as they are", regardless of how inefficient or unusable they ...
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How to address, “Is anyone even using this feature?” questions [closed]

My team will regularly make code changes that break a unit or integration test for a feature hidden deep in the dark corners of our application. When the test breaks there is a frequent question, ...
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Dangers when implementing features as plugins [closed]

What kind of problems have you encountered when building plugin interfaces for your application? And how did you resolve them? Background I want to refactor an application so that various features ...
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Program unable to write data (read-only file) and losing it — a bug or a feature? [closed]

I found, that some very famous app (I'm not disclosing name intentionally) has a "problem", when writing meta-data of a file and the file turns out to be read-only. Program doesn't handle that too ...
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voting system to select next set of product features [closed]

My product just deployed 2.0. Now there are many thing to plan for next sprint. From the list of 5-10 items, we need to ask everyone of our staff to order these 10 items based on importance. It all ...
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Is there a name for when a sales team irresponsibly promises non-existent features? [closed]

It's a common issue to see a company's sales team promise new features in order to close a sale. Many times these new features are still in development or are still being designed. Sometimes features ...
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What common apporaches exist for database versioning for a feature driven development?

It's not clear how data consistency is provided for different branches. We have a large knowledgebase which is filled by the experts and delivered as updates to our clients. This data is also used ...
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In Agile development, who owns the software “features” and how to you manage the development?

Some development teams in my company are switching to Agile development practices and their developers' work seem to be diminishing to discuss and program minutia about trivial software features ...
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Dealing with Feature Intersections

I have recently witnessed more and more problems similar to the ones explained in this article on feature intersections. Another term for it would be product lines, though I tend to attribute these to ...
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How do you balance the speed of Sprints with the customer's conservative adoption schedule?

I'd prefer to have sprints that last 3-4 weeks, but customers don't want to adopt new feature/function every 3-4 weeks. Existing customers are conservative and, once we meet their minimum bar for ...
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How do you track existing requirements over time?

I'm a software engineer working on a complex, ongoing website. It has a lot of moving parts and a small team of UI designers and business folks adding new features and tweaking old ones. Over the last ...
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Are there any off the shelf solutions for feature use analysis?

I write a set of productivity tools that sells online and have tens of thousands of users. While we do get very good feedback, this tends to come from only the most vocal users, so we fear we might be ...
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I am trying to figure out how difficult or expensive it would be to add this feature

I am trying to figure out how difficult/time consuming it would be to add the following feature: We have a database with our subscribers and we want to send updates to paying subscribers. The catch ...
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How early is too early to be involved in new feature development?

I develop an internal business application that our engineers use to test and debug the company's product. The engineering manager has been pushing to get the software developers involved when the ...
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I would like to improve in writing goal-oriented user stories/features

I would like to improve my user stories writing abilities so I need your experience and guidance. I think that each variable part of a user story can be improved by following certain guidelines. 1. ...
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How to describe framework/features of a java application for client presentation?

I have been asked to put down the architecture and features of our Java application (more from infrastructure/software point of view). It will go on a Powerpoint presentation, so I need to provide the ...
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At what point is it good to try to reinvent a standard?

Take a look at this picture from XKCD.com Browsers are a good example of this. While I develop websites for them, I have to search through the unique 'standards' for each to make sure my sites are ...
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Is issue (bug and feature) count a good measure of a project?

One of the projects I work on is measured by number of issues. Management has given arbitrary (as far as I can tell) measurements that we need to have no more than X number of bugs and Y number of ...
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Why don't databases have good full text indexes

Why don't any of the major RDBMS systems like MySQL, SQL Server, Oracle, etc. have good full text indexing support? I realize that most databases support full text indexes to some degree, but that ...
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If the bug is 5+ years old, then is it a feature?

Allow me to add details: I work at an institutional place with many coders, testers, QA analysts, product owners, etc. and here is something that bugs me: We have been able to sell crappy (albeit ...
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What's the most important feature of quality software? [closed]

This question is along the same lines as this one, but instead of talking about quality of code, I'm talking about the final product from the users' perspective. If you had limited time / budget, and ...
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Where do you get new software ideas from? [closed]

The world of software creation is very competitive. I've heard it said to be successful you need to be the first one with the idea. Everyone knows how Bill Gates created IBM DOS on one machine while ...
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How do you know when to stop adding features?

Some time ago I wrote a very small python script that periodically checked an xml feed for new entries, and alerted the user to new entries when present. I wrote this for myself, so it was essentially ...
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What's stopping Oracle from supporting identity (auto-numeric) columns? [closed]

EDIT: As gavenkoa's answer points out, Oracle Database 12c (released a couple of years after this question was asked) has support for Identity Columns. As far as I know, Oracle's RDBMS is one of ...