Software Development Bill Of Rights

Customer rights

  • The customer has the right to plan on a large scale with costs and options.
  • The customer has the right to set development priorities weekly.
  • The customer has the right to see progress in the form of a working system at the end of the first week, and to see a little more functionality every week thereafter.
  • The customer has the right to updates of the schedule, good or bad, as soon as the information is available.
  • The customer has the right to change his/her mind without paying exorbitant costs.

Programmer rights

  • The programmer has the right to estimate work and have those estimates respected by the rest of the team.
  • The programmer has the right to honestly report progress.
  • The programmer has the right to produce high-quality work at all times.
  • The programmer has the right to know what is most important to work on next.
  • The programmer has the right to ask business-oriented questions whenever they arise.

Manager rights

  • The manager has the right to an overall estimate of costs and results, recognizing that reality will be different.
  • The manager has the right to move people between projects without paying exorbitant costs.
  • The manager has the right to monthly updates of progress, and to help the customer set overall priorities.
  • The manager has the right to cancel the project and be left with a working system reflecting the investment to date.

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