This is closely related to this other post: What's our WAG on a timeframe for MVP?
I will provide additional commentary:
(…) As I posted on #project-management earlier (https://discordapp.com/channels/634104110131445811/637322644718616576/638860430567276559), on the technical side I believe we need to design the architectural model, the DB structure, define code conventions, contributing model and license in order to work in actual software development in an organized fashion.
– me, 2019-10-30
(…) let’s get the requirements documented and agreed upon, then let’s figure out exactly how the project will be structured.
– also me, 2019-11-08
(…) The rough estimate I gave (…) looks reasonable. It means that we still won’t be touching code on the main repo(s) for at least another 30 - 40 days. Possibly a bit more.
you must have noticed how/why these things take time
I think I’ll try to reach out to Monica and encourage her to place a call for contributors to actively help with documenting the requirements (we got plenty of good proposals and ideas on Discord!)
– still me, 2019-11-12
The answer to the title alone would be “we have already started”, but I get what you mean. Moving on, no need for hard deadlines, IMO. Things have been going more or less according to reasonable expectations.
I do feel we are pretty close to reaching agreement w.r.t. defining the product. Quite possibly within the next 6-10 days. Then, we’ll be documenting and planning. This takes more time. I suspect it can be done in under 3 weeks, but that depends on members’ engagement, and you know - people are volunteering their free time and it’s the end of the year, so we can’t push anything really. We’ll see.
Thus, my updated “reasonably optimistic” estimate as of today: by Wednesday, 2019-12-18, it is possible that we will be writing some code. Passing that, it is very likely that we’ll have to wait “until next year”(
Now, this is unfortunately still true.
Oh, and by the way:
It is a month TODAY!