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Yes, Folks, Standards Are a Many-Splendored Thing

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Original Publication Date: 1979-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Nov-11
Document File: 7 page(s) / 26K

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Software Patent Institute

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Philip H. Braverman: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

[Figure containing following caption omitted: The use of written guidelines for application development contributes to a better product, increased productivity, and better communication with both management and users.] Would you believe that the most powerful development productivity technique you can employ is to use standards for application development? Standards, or guidelines, are a written, usable formulization of experience -- successful experience. Their use overcomes a common problem: Most project experience is lost, or at best handed down by word of mouth or individual behavior. Standards are descriptions of what ";products"; are needed, how they should be built, and what they should look like when completed. Standards can be descriptions of the best set of procedures to follow during the product's development. Written standards are a consistent, effective means of communication among the project team, users, and management. Without standards, the target is often blurred and difficult to hit -- ";Would you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?

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Yes, Folks, Standards Are a Many-Splendored Thing

Philip H. Braverman

IBM

  (Image Omitted: The use of written guidelines for application development contributes to a better product, increased productivity, and better communication with both management and users.)

Would you believe that the most powerful development productivity technique you can employ is to use standards for application development? Standards, or guidelines, are a written, usable formulization of experience -- successful experience. Their use overcomes a common problem: Most project experience is lost, or at best handed down by word of mouth or individual behavior. Standards are descriptions of what "products" are needed, how they should be built, and what they should look like when completed. Standards can be descriptions of the best set of procedures to follow during the product's development. Written standards are a consistent, effective means of communication among the project team, users, and management.

Without standards, the target is often blurred and difficult to hit --

"Would you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?

"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to, " said the cat.

"I don't much care where -- ," said Alice.

"Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the cat.

LEWIS CARROLL

With standards, you will know where you're going, and you will be able to recognize your destination when you've arrived.

Consider the turkey. . .

Meleagris gallopavo, grand native bird of our land, center of attraction at our holiday table -- sandwiches for the next week, maybe soup, too. The turkey really

gives his all on every festive occasion -- a marvelous performer.

Why is the turkey so good each time and so consistent from year to year and place to place? Because there are standard ways to cook turkeys. Proven methods with lists of instructions for converting the raw bird into a golden brown mouthwatering delight. Call them recipes if you like, but they really are standards, and written ones at that. Every facet of the fowl deed is explained in detail. But that doesn't mean you can't add your own special seasoning. What it does mean is that if you follow the standard directions you will complete this culinary project in grand style -- and chances are you won't burn your bird! Let me illustrate:

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Yes, Folks, Standards Are a Many-Splendored Thing

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"A 12-pound turkey feeds 16 people." I have 17 people coming for dinn...