Dealing with busy situation of finalizing development

About last 5 days were dedicated to prepare newly developed iOS app to be submitted to the App Store. During those days, unknown but high priority errors were found and prevented other issues to be solved in time. It was extremely stressful to find the causes and solutions, especially if every line of code compiled and worked just fine. As expected, the main causes were architecture related, run-time issues, which are usually considered to be more difficult than anything else.

What made me more frustrated was that, the architecture was working just fine until new feature were added for the requests that were made so late as when we were just ready to submit the product to the App Store. As we were adding new feature, processes were changed and other components were affected without our knowledge. To those who request, it’s just one more feature. However, to those who develop, it’s one more variable affecting entire system.

Also, I have realized how inexperienced I am, especially if I am under time constraining situation. If newly added feature is not working right at first, I easily lost confidence in my own design of software, and attempted to modify it to accommodate the new feature. And because this modification on the currently working design was made hastily, I often overlooked how important components were affected by recent change.

I should have more training on staying calm and keeping the confidence in finely working software design in the midst the frantic development.

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