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On Friday 28 July 2006 20:58, Susan W. Gallagher wrote:
> When I first started in the software industry in 1983, I heard the
> president of my company mention that as a novel new approach that someone,
> somewhere, was trying. She didn't implement it at that company. I've worked
> in the software industry ever since and, while I've heard it mentioned
> occasionally, I've never seen it even tried. Stories about companies who've
> done it are urban legend, I'm convinced. IMO, writing the manual first is
> like nuclear fusion -- they both sound like really good ideas, but so far,
> they're both impossible to make happen.
Well then, you won't believe me when I tell you that myself and a few others
once worked for a company who wrote a full set of documentation for a SWDM
Metro Access system without having a functional product and then sold the
company based on the business idea and the explanations detailed in the, you
guessed it, documentation.
Whew, that sentence needs some punctuation.
In short, the urban legend is reality and nuclear fusion exists.
Ask me about the Monkey.
sean -at- inwords -dot- co -dot- za
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