Re: Sanity Check

Subject: Re: Sanity Check
From: Stuart Burnfield <slb -at- FS -dot- COM -dot- AU>
Date: Fri, 15 Mar 1996 11:13:09 +0800

It sounds like Janet's employers stepped out of the pages of a Kafka
novel. Remember the character in 'The Trial' who was arrested on a very
serious charge, but was never allowed to find out what he was charged with?

To put it in terms of JoAnn Hackos's documentation methodology, they want
a a Project Plan without having an Information Plan -- not possible.

Janet, if your employers want to expand your job to include proposal
writing INCLUDING the information gathering part, I think you'll have to
negotiate with them so they know what you need in order to do an effective

George Hayhoe gave some good advice on what has to happen:
>You should have been involved in the proposal effort from the get-go, att-
>ending the meetings and participating in the discussions (AFTER all of you
>on the team had read and analyzed the RFP in advance). You would have been
>able to help them identify the questions they needed to ask the prospective
>client to obtain the information needed to respond adequately to the RFP.

Stuart Burnfield (slb -at- fs -dot- com -dot- au) Live wrong and prosper
Functional Software
PO Box 192
Leederville, Western Australia, 6903

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