It is not a big deal to start a smaller one.

There are two kinds of software project I think. The one is large scale projects that consume a lot of time/resources and you cant always estimate if it gets done successfully or not. The other one is small size project which you can accomplish them by yourself. Some kinds of small software widgets and iPhone or Android applications are in this category.
The atmosphere of these two kinds of projects are pretty different. An enterprise project needs long time frequently meetings and professionals while each one is just responsible for some parts of the project and not more. It also needs expensive servers and environmental tools, configuration management and administration. These projects run just by millions. Their failover also is a catastrophe. I remember the time that I was involved into developing, deploying and testing an enterprise Java based core banking solution which was run over IBM technologies. It was the worst nightmare that I’ve ever seen. Each step was just going more into the mud and sludge.
However, a small size project needs one or two developer who know perfectly the whole project. They need just a brilliant idea and one or two notebooks and nothing more. They gain wonderful experience in each step. Aslo it is not a big deal at all if the project fails. There is just an attempting to build a cash cow.
After some years of playing with harmful enterprise toys I just need to get rest by developing small mac applications. So I’ve started to learn Objective C, iOS and Mac OS concepts and technologies. They are really simple solutions to sweet success.

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