RE: IT documentation

Subject: RE: IT documentation
From: "Goldstein, Dan" <DGoldstein -at- DeusTech -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L (E-mail)" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 3 Mar 2004 15:06:09 -0500

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mark Baker
> Sent: Wednesday, March 03, 2004 2:48 PM
> Subject: Re: IT documentation
> ... Agile development simply rejects the notion that
> you should
> design the system in detail on paper before any kind of
> coding begins...

That "notion" is a straw man -- did any of us suggest it? A "system
overview" is not the same as a detailed spec.

The article blurs the distinction between intracode and extracode
documentation. If the developers are unduly burdened by design docs, it's a
sign that managers, developers, and writers aren't working well together.
Managers and writers should help maximize the amount of time that developers
spend coding.

Dan Goldstein

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