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# Sunday, 11 December 2005
How Not to Develop Software

Usability quote of the day

i'm doing some contract work developing a content management system for a software/design company, and the boss doesn't think it's a good idea to involve the client at all in the process, basically they want a localizable CMS with built-in publishing / approval process, and they are going to be given something along those lines (which i'm hired to develop) and be told how to use it.  That's about as far as the communication goes with the client.  this is bad enough, but yesterday there was a certain design decision we had to make that would seriously affect the client and how they can use the system, and i suggested asking the client for their opinion...

"  oh jeez no!  "

this was the response from the boss of this un-named company, "don't talk to them until the thing is finished ".  i had to hold back the laughter at such a dim view of developing software.  i have a distinct feeling the client would like it done differently but what can you do!  i should buy this guy a ticket to a jakob nielsen conference on usability...


Sunday, 11 December 2005 16:28:44 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [1]  General