RE: Workplace issues

Subject: RE: Workplace issues
From: quills -at- airmail -dot- net
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 21:26:12 -0500

I remember an apocryphal story about why Microsoft produced such
buggy, bloated code. The reason, according to the story is that each
software engineer was expected to write x number lines of code a day,
every day.

So they did, regardless of whether that code was valid, could
compile, or actually did anything.

You get what you pay for. When a client says they want something bad,
I'm always tempted to ask them just how bad do they want it? Or would
they rather get the product complete, and accurate?


At 3:56 PM -0400 7/22/08, McLauchlan, Kevin wrote:
>Yeah. Unfortunately, non-writer-types, seeing the estimates worded that
>way, tend to ask for "the hundred-and-eighty-seven pages you should have
>done by now, according to the proposal/estimate..."
>Then you have to explain that those pages are busy coalescing in your
>head - but you can start a brain-dump-to-paper just for the requestor,
>and it'll be ready in ... oh... about as many weeks as would bring us to
>the scheduled release date. Such a coincidence.
>Laura Praderio Lynn [mailto:lpraderio -at- alpineclimbs -dot- com] said:
>> hi kevin,
>> these are for budget numbers; naturally the process varies according
>> product and writer and resources available. in reality everyone works
>> differently so some may build a skeleton of a document one week, then
>> research for awhile, then write like any given order.
>> again...i should have delineated more clearly...for budgeting
>> it's an easy way to ballpark doc costs.
>> cheers,
> > laura

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Re: Workplace issues: From: Cardimon, Craig
Re: Workplace issues: From: Laura Praderio Lynn
RE: Workplace issues: From: McLauchlan, Kevin
Re: Workplace issues: From: Laura Praderio Lynn
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