Linked Questions

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Boss doesn't believe my time estimate… advice/backup? [duplicate]

I'm working at a startup software company -- 3 developers, less than 15 employees including the CEO. We deal exclusively with Windows Mobile, the .NET CF, and passing the information gathered from our ...
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9answers
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How to reply to incomplete requests from potential customers? [duplicate]

Working as a freelancer, I receive many weird, invalid or incomplete requests from the actual or potential customers. The most frequent case is this one: Hi, I need a website where people can ...
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5answers
625 views

What should I do if I don't have any formal spec? [duplicate]

I recently was assigned to a task, but it says only a couple of words, like, do it as it made there, with no actual spec attached. What is the best thing to do in that circumstances?
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3answers
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How to deal with clients that only gives you huge flow of “how to do this”, but can't say “what and why” they need? [duplicate]

Sometimes I have clients that from start gives you huge flow of words about "how task should be done in details", like "you must use SQL Server here", "should do this in do-while-loop", "should make ...
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2answers
1k views

How to manage and estimate unstructured requirements received from customers

A lot of the times during the bidding phase of a project I receive a software system's requirements from our potential customers in a very unstructured format from various sources [email, word ...
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3answers
892 views

Does anyone have experience with a difficult customer? [duplicate]

We have a reoccurring conflict with one of our larger and strategically important customers. The company (let's call them "C" for now) sells and distributes technical articles, everything from ...
2
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1answer
384 views

How do you get relevant and useful information out of a client in regards to a job? [duplicate]

A brief background on this specific question: After meeting with a client and hearing all of their requests, requirements, and other comments about a specific software job, planning out the ...
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2answers
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Who should provide the Requirement doc / SRS? [duplicate]

I am creating a Mobile application (CRM) for another software company. They told me they need these these stuff from here and there, within 15-30 minutes. But they never provided a detailed client ...
2
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0answers
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Gathering requirements from confusing co-worker [duplicate]

I'm working at my first software internship, and it's great so far. One problem I'm having, however, is getting clear requirements from my co-worker (we'll call him Person A) who assigns projects. ...
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0answers
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Should the developer help customer to write the user stories? [duplicate]

Recently, two guys contacted me and asked me to build their mobile app. They have a brand new concept and want an app quickly. I told them that I need some user stories and some specifications by ...
70
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9answers
10k views

How do you develop software without acceptance criteria?

How do you collaboratively develop software in a team of 4-5 developers without acceptance criteria, without knowing what the testers will be testing for and with multiple(2-3) people acting as ...
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5answers
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How can you estimate time for tasks which primarily consist of figuring out a problem?

While it is relatively possible for an experienced developer to estimate how long it will take to implement code when the pattern and problem the code is solving is well understood, how can you make a ...
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8answers
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What to do about “Failure Driven Development”?

At our shop, we strive to be agile. And I'd say we are making great strides. That said, a few of us have spotted a pattern we have started calling "Failure Driven Development". Failure Driven ...
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2answers
569 views

Dealing with conflicting project requirements

I tried to find an existing topic on this subject but I could not find one that was a good fit, my apologies if I was not thorough enough. Basically we have a web application that serves multiple ...
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2answers
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First step in analysing a proposed system [duplicate]

A client asked us to automate his offline paper-based processes. He sent us a copy of the physical forms that he uses. Our team met and discussed how the navigation should be, what major components ...

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