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How rigid is your design specification?

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At the start of any major project there is typically a design specification.  As the project progresses new requirements naturally emerge. My questions are,

Once the original design specification is determined how rigid do you or your team adhere to that spec.?

How do you manage the balance between time to market and the never ending release date?

And where do you draw the line on changes that are significant to a customers needs and version x wish list items?

Thanks,
Ron
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There's obviously a balance. You can be too rigid, or too flexible. I would say that if the change is feature based ("hey, we could add this feature while we're here"), reject it. If you found something while implementing that changes what the "right way" is, then consider it.

There will ALWAYS be some other feature or wish list item that you could squeeze in "without much extra effort." Be strict.

However, if it's a question of doing things right the first time (and perhaps taking a bit longer), do it that way. Do not sacrifice code health, good tests, or scalable design to meet deadlines.

So when you make a design, pick the features you will implement in the first phase, hold firm to that list, and then take the time to make those features work right.
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Sorry for the delay I was out of country.  Your answer was along the lines of my point of view.
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