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On Fri, 2005-08-19 at 09:00 +0100, Michael Kay wrote:
> > 
> > >>2) Maximum two-year membership of working groups (2 years 
> > on, 2 years
> > >>off). This will encourage smaller specs and encourage fresh eyes on
> > >>problems.
> You would either finish within the two-year deadline, or you would never
> finish at all. To finish a spec, or anything else, you need the
> self-discipline to stop adding things. People coming into the process
> half-way through find it very hard to do that. Whether you're new to it or
> an old hand, it's always easier to add things than to take things out.

I wonder if the lessons of XP could be applied here? Given a two year
cycle, prioritise the required features and deliver what you have at the
end of the period,
i.e. down the features list from most to least important.

I'm sure it would focus the groups attention.
Or would that simply push back the decisions from the spec
to the requirements/features?

regards DaveP


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