Re: Dev. Cycle and the Manual

Subject: Re: Dev. Cycle and the Manual
From: Elna Tymes <etymes -at- LTS -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 4 May 1999 09:04:06 -0700

Lief Erickson wrote:

> Is it possible to have a user's manual near completion at the end of the
> requirements phase of development?

It's *possible*, depending on how willing the developers are to (a) design the
interface first, (b) stick to the functional requirements, and (c) not make
changes to the interface or requirements along the way. Most programmers
aren't willing to do all three, let alone even one.

I've seen groups attempt to do so, but invariably the docs need to hold in
place after about the second draft, awaiting the inevitable changes that happen
toward the end of the development cycle. The docs need to describe what the
software/hardware actually does, and a final revision cycle usually helps
assure that they do.

So tell your boss that it is possible, although it depends on the agreement of
the developers.

Elna Tymes
Los Trancos Systems

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