VideoAmp Co-Founder and CTO Dave Gullo wrote a guest byline for TechCrunch that addresses the development process for many startups. As Dave puts it, he’s seen quite a bit of variance, from hack-and-slash to buttoned-down tests and infrastructure that makes us all giddy when we see it. It’s pretty much The Good, The Bad and The Fugly. Here’s an excerpt:

In the first few chapters of The Lean Startup, Eric Ries explains how they honed their process such that any developer could commit code to production on their first day at work. This does not mean they gave the new geek the keys to the kingdom and the power to destroy the service. It means the tech team has enough process in place, as well as checks-and-balances, that nobody can break things — not even a newbie.

The challenge that many enterprises face is a lack of innovation and a slow response to change. Some large companies are trying to adopt “agility at scale” in the enterprise, or set up “intrapreneuer” programs to innovate. However, these enterprises tend to be the exception.

The upper hand startup companies have is that they have a chance to do it right the first time… but the reality is that many do not. The economics of time/talent/capital for startups means that most are running 5,000 MPH toward a goal — and leaving a wake of technical debt behind them.

To read Dave’s guest byline in its entirety, click here.