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   Re: [xml-dev] The myth of 80/20

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Eric van der Vlist wrote:

> On Thu, 2004-03-04 at 17:23, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
>>It's easy to conceive of why 80/20 dominates given 
>>incomplete or ambiguous requirements and such.  Just 
>>remember that the alternative is to do all the work 
>>under one root, and in our world, that means a framework 
>>capable of subsuming all of the objects needed to 
>>paint that screen and keep updating it from data stores.
> That's not really what I meant. 
> 80/20 is fine except that we usually have no measurement to evaluate on
> which side of the 80/20 frontier a feature is 

sure we do. it is called money

-Francisco D'Anconia


and 80/20 becomes just an
> easy way to reject features we don't like.
> Digression: for programmers an alternative to 80/20 is XP (extreme
> programming). Unfortunately that doesn't seem easy to adapt for
> specification authors.
> Eric


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