Anti-Patterns for Software Features: Pony, Unicorn, Baby

Pony

A feature that someone, who is not part of the actual implementation, demands for the wrong reasons. For example, because of a desire to follow some current trend, political maneuvering, an unhealthy fascination with technology, or maybe infatuation with his/her intelligence.

Unicorn

A feature with unrealistic requirements. Low-cost, high-performance, with perfect user experience, bug-free, delivered yesterday.

Baby

A feature that a member of the project team wants to implement – or even worse – has already implemented. The emotional attachment makes it hard to abandon the “baby”, even if it would be better for the overall project.

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