There is a mantra in the open source software world of Release Early, Release Often. It means get your stuff out there quickly, and keep it coming.
However, there’s no reason this should apply to only open source software. It should apply to all software. Don’t do huge releases. Measure your releases in days or weeks, not months or years. If you do, you’ll see fewer bugs; the bugs you see will be easier to spot because less changed; and you’ll be able to respond more quickly to whatever comes up.
I’m going to Protospiel this week. If you’re around Chelsea, Michigan, or hanging out at Protospiel with me, don’t be afraid to say hello. I’ve got my new game with me called “9 Hours ‘Til Dawn”, so you can check that out. Or better yet, I’ll play your game. And as always, I’ll be bringing lots of SWAG from The Game Crafter. Hope to see you there.
Whether you’re planning a new product for your business, buying a new car, or launching a crowd funding campaign, DO THE MATH.
I run very complicated models in spreadsheets when I’m trying to figure out whether or not something is going to work out the way I think it will. And even with all the prep work, I still get it wrong sometimes. But most of the time, I catch a ton of mistakes that could mean the difference between success and bankruptcy. Build in all the costs. Build in your time. Build in a margin of error. Take everything you can think of into account, and you’ll be much better off.
And once the project is complete, look back and see what you missed. That way you won’t miss it next time.
When you’re developing software (or any product really), don’t optimize for the crazy corner cases. Optimize for the thing that most people need. Maybe in your case it won’t be 90%, but if it’s even 51% then that’s the path. Hide everything else away, or eliminate it all together. Set sane defaults so the only people that have to care are the ones that have the crazy use case.
What is this?
The Bodgery is a new makerspace in Madison, dedicated to building cool stuff and growing the maker community. We have a workshop setup for welding, sewing, woodworking, crafts, and electronics. We’re adding more metalworking, computer-guided fabrication, and bike repair.
What kind of tools do you have?
We’re just getting started, but we already have a table/chop/scroll/band saws, a welder, a RepRap 3D printer, drills and a drill press, a sewing machine, and plenty of workspace. Rumor has it that vinyl and laser cutters are on the way. Also, we have a 3 ton crane. We use it to hold a disco ball and occasionally glide around the room on a trapeze.
What does membership cost? What do you get for signing up?
Membership is $50/month. It gives you full 24/7 access to the building, voting rights on community decisions, and storage space for projects.
If you can’t swing membership, then fear not, because you can still work in the building for free with a member present, or attend our multitudinous free events.
What kind of events do you have?
Open shop is on Friday evenings from 7pm to 10pm. Come on down and take a tour, talk about your projects, use our tools, make something, and meet other awesome people making cool stuff. Or experience the excitement of signing a liability form and the occasional trapeze tour, courtesy of the 3 ton crane.
We have an upcoming welding class on July 19.
More classes are being scheduled, including sewing, basic auto maintenance, and some fun kids projects.
Also, there’s the craft night, Fiber Frenzy Craftacular, every other week on Mondays at 6:30pm to 8:30pm. The next one is on July 21.
What about Sector67?
I knew you’d ask. Sector is a great hackerspace with awesome tools. Mostly it comes down to style—you might prefer one over the other, but both are good options. We see two main differences. The Bodgery’s members run the makerspace, voting on community decisions and sharing board responsibilities. Second, one of our core values is to help hobbyists and part-time makers gain affordable access to incredible tools, and introduce ‘social making’ to as many people as possible in Madison.
Also, we have a 3 ton crane.
Where is The Bodgery located? Where’s the website?