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Zombie Products

In the world of software there are a lot of blockbuster products and there are many more products that
go belly up.  When a product or company dies, many people think that it's the worst thing that can happen. Actually, the worst thing that can happen to a product is that it remains in a "zombie" state – it's not successful and it's not dead, but enters the world of the "undead"

Zombie Products take up time and resources and slow your team down.  A Zombie cloud-based product still needs to get security patches, still needs monitoring, and still needs to be upgraded when the vendor APIs are changed.  A Zombie mobile product still needs to work with new form factors, sometimes needs to update its components and sometimes needs a refresh to at least look compatible with new mobile operating systems. Most importantly Zombie Products still take mental bandwidth from the engineering team.

Engineers on average are really sharp people and they know when they ar…