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Hi Steve,

I'm not clear what you mean. I think it's incontrovertably true in all 
circumstances that understanding what users require (and in this case, using 
use cases as an expression of those requirements) should always precede design 
and implementation - That IS good management! Otherwise, the danger is that 
the development will be done enthusiastically. It may or may not be right but 
will be left as 'done' while the enthusiasm is applied to the next problem 
rather than address shortcomings baked in by not considering requirements up-



Hi Greg.
I think what you describe is what is needed to drive LO from the
enthusiasts arena to main stream adoption.
But as the enthusiasts are doing all the work, it requires good
management or they will no longer be enthusiastic.

On 12/04/11 08:48, Greg wrote:
Without wishing to rain on anyone's parade or do unsavoury things to
campfires, I think there's been a lot of great design thought here in
isolation of a good, hard, implementation agnostic think about
enumerating the real use cases.

When I say use cases, I don't mean anything to do with how to build it,
what looks pretty or cool but what REAL user goals need meeting, what
tasks need doing and which actors are involved. Then perhaps a check
with users of Word processors generally (i.e. not posters on this forum
and not necessarily LibO users only) about how well the proposed use
cases would address any actual need.

Of course, some may prefer an agile approach, with epics, and user
stories and acceptance tests, &c. but I don't think LibO development is
organised that way?

Until we've got some concrete, well written use cases validated with
users, the batting back and forth of designs and insiders' preferences
seems a little premature.

Incidentally, I don't think the use cases should be constrained by what
the current navigator's capabilities are.

I'm happy to get the ball rolling on the use case goals, to start with
but I'll wait to see what everyone thinks first.



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