RE: Books on Writing Functional Specifications

Subject: RE: Books on Writing Functional Specifications
From: Dan Emory <danemory -at- primenet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 07 Nov 2000 08:04:19 -0800

At 11:36 AM 11/7/00 -0500, Sanjay Srikonda wrote:

Um, John, if it's entry-level work, where should they have learned it since
their entry level and you aren't?
The entry-level work John was talking about was learning
how to find information--a fundamental skill that should have
been learned in college. And today, with all the search engines
available on the Net, a couple of hours of experimentation is
enough to begin finding information effectively. As far
as textbooks are concerned anyone in the writing business ought
to know that is the place to start.

If an individual is lacking in the skills needed to dig out
information, they're certainly not going to learn those skills
by people on this list spoon-feeding them information.

If the initiator of this thread had gone to the Amazon site, conducted
a search, read the reviews on the relevant books, compiled
a list of about 5 of the most promising ones, and posted
something like this:

"I've found the following books at about
specification writing.
<insert list here>
My job is to write a functional spec on
<insert brief description here>.
Can anyone recommend which of these (or any others)
would be likely to fit my needs?"

Then it would have been worthy of a helpful response.

Also, it's hard to believe that the company where the initiator of
this thread works doesn't have at least a few functional specs
in the document library. Those examples would probably provide more
useful guidance than a thick textbook on the subject, because
they're specific to the culture and product line of that company.

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