Keeping Developers Alert: Skills in Stale Specs
Developers work best when on the tips of their toes. They are really closet program managers only with vastly inferior communication skills. Consequently, they are always looking over the program manager's shoulders. Program managers need to do their part in keeping developers light on their feet and continually cautious about what they are doing. Any experienced PM knows that "maintaining" stale specs is not as easy as it seems. There are specific skills and strategies. This breakout session will help you hone your abilities in:
- The right amount of delay in answering questions
- Proper whiteboard usage and how to make the word "Save" look especially desperate so that the whiteboard can endure for months as the euphemistically named "living spec."
- Ways to feign special customer knowledge that trumps otherwise sensible proposals by meddling developers
- Vague term usage--how to employ a variety of nomenclature implementations so that the specification reflects adequate erudition, prolixity, and prestige while not actually communicating anything that will aid developers in accomplishing the tasks that can advance the initiative toward its broader, overarching aims.