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Posted by Jonathan Snook

I recently read the Fast Company article, They Write the Right Stuff, and instantly began thinking of my situation as a freelance developer and what that ultimately means to my clients. The article talks about NASA and the quality control that goes into the software that drives the shuttle. It's fascinating and impressive stuff. "Consider these stats : the last three versions of the program -- each 420,000 lines long-had just one error each. The last 11 versions of this software had a total of 17 errors." I could only dream of such a rate of errors. Of course, the stuff I build isn't as mission critical as taking a hunk of metal with a bunch of people on board and throwing it into space but the four key things that they attribute to success is just as relevant. 1. Planning. At NASA, about one-third of the process is spent on planning. Click here to read more of Jonathan's blog.

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