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- EARLY DESIGN: REQUIREMENT DEFINITION AND CONCEPTUAL DESIGN

Measurable, Testable And Updateable Parameters • Documentation Provides Foundation For Effective Communication

Scott Adams is the creator of Dilbert, which is a popular comic strip seen in many newspapers that makes fun of today's manager's and engineer's personalities, methods and incompetence. For example, Normal people believe that if it isn 't broke, don't fix it, engineers believe that if it isn 't broke, it doesn't have enough features. Dilbert can be contacted at www.unitedmedia.com. As reported in the Wall Street Journal (1995), here are some of his favorite stories on product development, all allegedly true:

-"A vice president insists that the company's new battery-powered product be equipped with a light that comes on when the power is off."