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Re: Project scope was Re: Thoughts on Voiding Invoices
- Subject: Re: Project scope was Re: Thoughts on Voiding Invoices
- From: "Chris Travers" <..hidden..>
- Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 15:59:25 -0700
There are inherent conflicts between a number of important priorities including:
1) Some sort of plan for the future
2) Encouraging people to contribute in ways that solve their own
3) Adapting to changing needs.
I think that in our case, agile methods are better than overly planned
methods simply becuase it allows us to accept more sponsored
development and so forth.
Also, I think that a lot of SL spinoffs have run into the trap of
closed-ended planning. I.e. now that this one problem is fixed, our
job is complete and the project dies. I think this is something that
is important to avoid by having many open-ended sub-projects. But I
understand that we are getting to the point where some sort of
structure is necessary and I support your request for more structure.
Rather than a formal roadmap, am going to suggest we make and maintain
the following documents:
1) A statement of scope and mission (i.e. what we want LedgerSMB to
be in the long-run)
2) A pseudo road-map with the following sections:
a) A list of features we agree will definitely be in the next release.
b) A list of high-priority open issues.
c) A list of deferred open issues (including high-priority ones
that depend on other work).
Any feedback on this proposal?
On 9/25/06, David Tangye <..hidden..> wrote:
That's the right track for sure.
On Mon, 2006-09-25 at 10:01 -0400, Christopher Murtagh wrote:
> Project Scope where we all submit our
> ideas/plans on direction for LedgerSMB and after a brief discussion we
> come to a consensus?
I would not worry about needing a brief discussion, or consensus.
1. At any time soon, set the Scope and a Project Roadmap that gives
possibilities for extending the scope over time
2. By all means get on and develop/code to that scope.
3. Let that discussion continue to range over time, and in fact welcome
it. That is the main difference between a closed project with open
source and a truly open project.
4. Make changes to the Roadmap over time as consensus on new priorities
for functionality/changes to Scope emerge. The Roadmap is simply a
statement of approximate Scopes (limits of functionality) optionally
over approximate timeframes else implied 'somewhere in the future,
possibly in this order' timeframes.
At this stage I might keep the future stuff generalised enough that you
dont get too distracted from development to have to answer nit-picking
arguments about what exactly is further down the road in the map. The
idea is to obtain the happy medium between 'hacking code to no plan' and
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