Re: Help requested re Software Specifications

Subject: Re: Help requested re Software Specifications
From: Dick Margulis <margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 03 Jun 2004 19:49:38 -0400




Bonnie Granat wrote:

I have never written software specifications of any kind.

A prospect has inquired about my availability to help with his
company's specifications and user documentation.



Bonnie,

My opinion (to which I'm entitled whether anyone else agrees with me or not) is that it is MUCH easier to learn about these document types in a team environment, working with people who have experience with them. Of course working in a team environment is kinda hard for someone working alone ;-)

That said, you have clearly understood the basic difference between functional and design specifications; and you might be able to struggle through them on your own. But it's going to be hard slogging at first, and you need to be up front with the prospect about your lack of experience. You also need to go in with the attitude that the excess time you take is training on your dime, not the client's. In other words, don't come back to techwr-l whining about how much longer it took than you charged/budgeted for and can you charge the client for your learning curve.

Good luck whichever way you decide.

Dick




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