RE: New TECHWR-L Poll Question

Subject: RE: New TECHWR-L Poll Question
From: "Le Vie, DonaldX S" <donaldx -dot- s -dot- le -dot- vie -at- intel -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2001 07:03:08 -0800

TECHWR_L Question of the Day:
>>Given your current projects, how valuable are product
design documents or specifications?<<

EXTREMELY important. I've used specs for hardware and software projects in
almost every industry I've worked in (microprocessor design, eCommerce,
software development, industrial automation/process control, and the
earth/space sciences).

I've had training and experience with NASA's specification development
methodology (from the Software Assurance Technology Center), and their
methods/templates can be extremely rigorous for obvious reasons.

Specs can be developed in formal language, but very few people who must be
able to read and understand the spec will be able to do so as formal
language is strongly mathematical in nature. Instead, specs are developed
using natural language to facilitate the understanding by all parties of the
requirements and contractual obligations. The problem with natural language
is one we deal with every day: it introduces ambiguity, inaccuracy, and

Donn Le Vie

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