Our company is on the verge of releasing a major new version, v2.0, of our core product, while still actively supporting the previous version, v1.12.
A concerned colleague asked me how we were managing the flurry of development in v1.12 and how we were deciding what to merge forward to v2.0.
In software development this is a common scenario, and it can get complicated fast without well defined QA and dev processes.
“We have it mostly under control.” I replied. “Mostly.”
I then go on to explain our actual procedure for ensuring only tested changes make it into v2.0. Colleague seems satisfied.
“So was that a reference to Alien then?”, he asks.
“You know in Alien, when the girl says to Ripley ‘They mostly come at night. Mostly’. They did a take off of it on South Park as well.”
“Oh, I don’t remember that”, I say, revealing my sci-fi movie ignorance. “What was the girl’s name anyway?”, I continue.
“Gosh. I don’t know. But google will”.
My colleague types ‘they mostly’ into the search bar.
The answer is immediate.