[thelist] process / fair estimate / assumed knowledge

Martin Burns martin at easyweb.co.uk
Thu Dec 6 19:07:54 CST 2007

On 4 Dec 2007, at 18:22, Matt Warden wrote:

> Just to add to this, Joel is talking about a "general skills" project,
> if you will. If you're looking at a systems integration project of
> sorts, then this may not apply. If the client says: I want an
> application that does x, y, and z, and you need to interact with my
> mainframe, my 3 databases on 2 different dbms, my custom java applet
> written in-house, and my old but powerful printing press that only
> supports data transfer by morse code, then you can legitimately ask
> for some requirements phase funding for technology research.

Oh completely - for pretty much any system where there's customisation  
in fact, you'll need to take up billable time working out what they've  
done. If you're lucky, they'll have it all neatly documented, with  
SMEs on hand to talk you through. Or not... (speaking through painful  
experience here...)

And of course, detailed requirements gathering should by default be  
chargeable work.

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