Re: "Design" was Re: Tech Writing a Growing Field?

Subject: Re: "Design" was Re: Tech Writing a Growing Field?
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 7 Apr 2007 13:21:54 -0700

One of the strongest reasons I've observed (and the most valid, IMO)
is the fear that once they document their requirements, processes,
schedules, etc., some pointy-headed, bean-counting manager is going
to come along and impale them if they don't follow it all to the letter.
In one company I worked with, the development team documented its
project schedules in detail, but concealed the schedules because they
knew that if a certain member of the company's board of directors
got hold of it they would find themselves being grilled on why a
particular task took them *six* days to complete when the MS
Project Gantt chart said it was going to take *five.*

Gene Kim-Eng


----- Original Message -----
From: "Ned Bedinger" <doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com>
> But perversely, software development organizations seem to be allergic
> to any methodology that imposes documentation requirements on the
> developers. They hiss and moan that it is a waste of time because it
> doesn't fit the established way they work, etc.

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Re: "Design" was Re: Tech Writing a Growing Field?: From: HBacheler
Re: "Design" was Re: Tech Writing a Growing Field?: From: Gene Kim-Eng
Re: "Design" was Re: Tech Writing a Growing Field?: From: Ned Bedinger

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