Here’s a few lessons I learnt during my DeClock project:
- Don’t change the design between prototype and production. Don’t.
- Don’t assume the schematic is right. Verify that is it right.
- Don’t assume your memory is correct. Verify with documentation.
- Use a versioning system. Put a version on everything like printed documents and schematics. Commit often. GIT is my weapon of choice.
- Document everything. Update existing documentation.
- A P-Channel MOSFET is not the same as a PNP transistor. Not even close.
- The display is always greener on the other side.
- Have a backup plan.
- Stock spare parts.
- You need experts. You don’t know everything.
- You need time. Take your time. Don’t rush.
- You need to push through. Everything will fail.
- You need to enjoy more. Step back from the project ever so often.
I mean it.