Re: Fighting a losing battle

Subject: Re: Fighting a losing battle
From: "Dan Roberts" <droberts63 -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2001 20:45:48 -0400

I had a similar dilemma once ...suggested changes, fussed and fumed to myself,
struggled to write a well-structured document around an in-elegant interface.

I got the doc to the internal users and reviewers, who screamed and squacked
about how the document merely helped to illustrate the problems with the
interface. And then mgmt came down and called for a redesign of the interface.

Perhaps the same might happen in yr situation ... once those with a little more
power over resource allocation finally get a look at the program, they'll squawk
and you'll get some of the changes you want.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Hanlie Pretorius" <hpretorius -at- pnp -dot- co -dot- za>

> For the past 9 months I've been documenting a Java system in development. I
> started very enthusiastically, suggesting improvements to screen layouts,
> pointing out (to the business analyst) inconsistencies in screen designs,
> spelling errors (!) and so forth just to have my ideas squashed by the "we
> don't have enough developers to spend on trivial things like that" excuse.
> Eventually I stopped spending time on pointing out errors I found but every
> time a new screen comes out, I just want to scream with frustration at the
> bad design. The usability of these screens is *terrible*.
> My question is this: how do you think I should deal with this?


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