MINOR ISSUE: "improvements on the status quo"
Harald Tveit Alvestrand
harald at alvestrand.no
Thu Jun 12 23:43:41 CEST 2003
No, I'm not finished yet :-)
Section 2.2 of -issue- reads:
Engineering requires appropriate trade-offs: Engineering success
needs refinement only to the point of 'fitness for purpose' which
should help to balance the tension between time to market and
perfectionism. The use of appropriate Engineering Practices should,
for example, prevent specifications being recycled in pursuit of
perfection when they are already adequate improvements on the status
ISSUE: "improvements on the status quo" is not the best formulation - for
new specs, it's unmeasurable; in other cases, it is debatable whether the
improvements are "adequate".
SUGGESTED RESOLUTION: Use the language from 2026 section 4.1.1: adequate
"with respect to the requirements placed upon it."
Of course, appropriate Engineering Practices would be to make sure we know
what requirements we are placing upon it before evaluating this...
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