RE: How do you handle knowing "It Could Be Better"?

Subject: RE: How do you handle knowing "It Could Be Better"?
From: "Jonathan West" <jwest -at- mvps -dot- org>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 9 Oct 2002 09:06:41 +0100

> How do YOU handle you just push on and know that even
> if it isn't
> to your standards, it is to the client?

>From your description of the product and the development process, I would
say that the developers themselves don't entirely know what they are doing.
That is not to suggest incompetence on their part, far from it. It is just a
recognition that they are striking out into new territory where nobody has a
roadmap. They are having to make up the rules as they go along, and they
will be getting it wrong some of the time. So will you. They will learn a
lot from trying to sell v1.0 of the product, and from that they will figure
out what worked and what didn't, and then do better for v2.0 and v3.0.
Remember that Microsoft traditionally doesn't get a new product really right
until v3 or so.

I'm basing this suggestion largely on your manager's statement "we're
looking for a solid base upon which we can build".

The conclusion is that you do the best that you can do in the circumstances.
You aren't responsible for the circumstances being different from those
which you are normally familiar with, but you are responsible for managing
your expectations according to the circumstances you are in.

Jonathan West

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