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Re: Part IV: Looking for & Avoiding Problems in Interface Design
Ran   5/24/2012 3:26:11 PM
@Gary - Yes that is the typical demeanor of engineers and managers.  But here is the lesson I learned at my first job out of college many years ago...  I had to write project specifications, which were packaged for contractor fixed-price closed bidding.  After selecting the lowest-bid contractor, and after the work had started, somebody in our company would want a specification modified or something new added to the effort.  When I approached the contractor about it, it was always the same – "Here's how much time we'll need to extend the contract and here's your new bid for the contract modifications.  Send me the contract addendum when you're ready."

Well, now it's not a contractor doing the work – it's my engineering team and me.  So, it's like you said, I have to give management the same spiel as the contractors those many years ago.  When I put it in those terms, suddenly it's more than just a memo from a manager telling me to add this or modify that.

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