Joel on Software - The Project Aardvark Spec
Product managers and product architects may find this a helpful read.
: "As the final version of Copilot.com (what this spec calls "Aardvark") went into production in early August, 2005, this spec is now of historical interest only. I'm making it available as a part of Joel on Software because many people have asked to see some samples of the kinds of specs we write at Fog Creek."
In a later post, Joel adds
“As I worked through the screens that would be needed to allow either party to initiate the process, I realized that Aardvark would be just as useful, and radically simpler, if the helper was required to start the whole process. Making this change in the spec took an hour or two. If we had made this change in code, it would have added weeks to the schedule. I can’t tell you how strongly I believe in Big Design Up Front, which the proponents of Extreme Programming consider anathema. I have consistently saved time and made better products by using BDUF and I’m proud to use it, no matter what the XP fanatics claim. They’re just wrong on this point and I can’t be any clearer than that.”
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