File this under "words are important" (see also AdoptVsAdapt
that which is required; a thing demanded or obligatory.
This is exactly the wrong word for this thing. In my projects, I often deliver a quarter of the original "things demanded or obligatory", and I still get paid. Either I do a terrible job of writing down these things, or they aren't actually "demanded or obligatory". If the latter, we should use a different word to denote them.
I nominate wishes
, as in "What are the wishes for the project so far?" "How have the wishes changed in the last week?" This puts us in the (perhaps uncomfortable) position of wish fulfillment, a ProgramFairy?
. -- KentBeck
I believe the phrase I voted for was WishFairy?
... but if that makes people too uncomfortable, SomewhatPowerfulGenie?
works well too... The "wish lists" that I've seen tended to contain low-priority items. Maybe "goals", "targets"? -- JasonYip
My vote goes to "intention" and its cousins. Sometimes people feel duty-bound to ask for what they do not wish for. I understand their predicament. As long as they intend for us to take them at their word, I'm happy not to pry into their private feelings on the matter! For a set of intentions (a project scope, for example), I like to talk about "intent"; this connotes the state of being in a dynamic, flexible and insecure temporary structure.
See also SuccessStatement
, which aims to encompass all the above. Key phrases to remember:
- "Once upon a time"
- "And they all lived happily ever after"
See Also: SpecificationsAreNotEconomical