Or: why I don't like greenfield projects
It's the same for me as an entrepreneur. Starting a business is crazy hard. It's a lot easier to fix things that already exist.
But someone has to start it!
This post inspired me to reflect on greenfield projects I'd been involved in in the past. And I realised that they generally didn't go very well. That inspired me to write: https://ghiculescu.substack.com/p/the-greenfield-project-trap
"Limitations can be liberating". I don't know who said that, but that's a wise statement. Lack of limits usually drives me to analysis paralysis.
Greenfield's are the hardest.
looks like you are a kind of a mender type. There's a lot of us :) join the community https://legacycode.rocks/community/
I feel similarly about greenfield projects and romantic relationships: I _love_ the novelty, diversity, and new energy, but coming up with the boilerplate again and again—even if it's getting ever better with every new iteration—is something that I'm happy to avoid after a number of times of doing it.
I’m the complete opposite! I’d take the uncertainty of a greenfield project vs the messiness of an existing one any day (and I especially dislike other people’s mess haha).