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June 12th, 2003

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11:20 pm - Actual post for the evening
If you don't want to read about my job, you might'n be want'n to be move'n along, 'k? ^_^

Personally, I think the development model is a bit screwed up where I work. For each "part" I develop, there are 5 "phases": design spec, test plan, implementation design, coding, and test. The last four are fine, but the design spec is just wrong. The design spec is the definition of what we're making, but when the part is assigned to me I don't know what I'm making. Whoever created the design is the person who should be specifying the requirements of the design, not me. I tend to lose half a day each week because I have to re-do the design spec because the part I designed isn't the part they wanted designed. And since I after I finish the design spec I have to start working on the test plan et al, I tend to have to re-do parts of the test plan as well for the design spec changes.

That's what happened today. I lost a good half of the day to design spec "clarifications" and re-doing the test plan. Amazingly enough the implementation design, the goal for today, was still completed. Of course, that'll get review tomorrow and it might get changed a lot yet. Tomorrow I should just be coding everything. If it's over 1000 lines, it's acceptable for it to take more than a day. I think it's going to take more than 1000 lines. But we can't slip, and the 5-day estimate (that yields 1 day to code) can't really be changed. So what happens if it takes 2000 lines? Right now I'm really hoping that either (a) it takes less than 1000 lines or (b) I have a super-productive day tomorrow.

I really don't want this to be the first weekend where I have to work on Saturday. I would really like it if that day never comes... Gotta go Disneying tomorrow night or something to relax. ^_^
Current Mood: overworked

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Date:June 13th, 2003 12:37 am (UTC)
ugh this is so stupid
i'm very sorry that you've wasted so much time regathering requirements
i wonder if they ever realize how much more efficient programmers are when they do their part properly
(who is "they?" you know...Them)
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Date:June 13th, 2003 08:43 am (UTC)
They are the Lead programmer and the Director. (Name omitted to protect the guilty.) Everything I write is reviewed by both of these people. The Director actually does the high-level design and breaks the functionality into "parts". The Lead reviews all my documentation first. So far I haven't gotten my Director review of the Design Spec yet, so I could have to change it even more, however the Lead talked with the Director and should (hopefully) have given me all the information I need to make the Director accept the design, sans descriptive changes only. ("Oh, you want it to say 'if this happens the part does this,' instead of 'if this happens the part will do this?' Okay, done." They hate future tense, even when I think it is the more proper tense. *sigh*)

Feh. Anyway, I'm going to work. Maybe, just maybe, I'll feel like ranting some more this weekend. Preferably in a non-typed situation. ;-)

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