Re: The Snowball Technique (Stone Soup)

Subject: Re: The Snowball Technique (Stone Soup)
From: John Posada <john -at- TDANDW -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 1998 15:35:35 -0400

This process is fairly representative of how it works around here too.

> 1. Someone tells me 'we don't really have a procedure for that'.
> 2. I ask them what information DOES exist.
> 3. They give me a few lines of information.
> 4. I type those up.
> 5. I give the typed up version to someone else in the process. who says,
> "Well, that's almost true - except that we also do the following." And
> adds/corrects lines.
> 6. I take it back to the first person who responds, usually by remembering yet
> something else.
> 7. After several iterations of this sort, I find myself with something like an
> actual first draft. Maybe I even see spots where a diagram would help.
> 8. A few drafts and diagrams later, WE HAVE A DOCUMENT!!!
>
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