Mental Shutdown Alert: Future-Proofing

Term that causes mental shutdowns: future-proofing

Rationale: How can we future-proof anything if we can’t see the future? How will we know what to build, or how to build it, until we know the future requirements? To me, future-proofing is overengineering. It’s taking ten weeks to build a Space Shuttle Crawler when you needed to spend a week building a golf cart, just in case you need to move a Space Shuttle sometime.

Watch words: anticipating growth, what if, just in case

What won’t make my head explode: Keeping options open so future work is easier, but not doing the future work until it’s actually needed.