Software Control Policies
Revision 1, 83/3/25
(This is a draft of a draft, on which I'm soliciting suggestions and arguments. In particular, it would be nice to get beta testing done without a six-week delay. Does anyone think I'm too paranoid about beta test?)
Now that ADI is beginning to get substantial sales, we need to face some of the business questions that can trip us up (unwise commitments, continual vacillation on decisions, etc.). Here are some of my ideas on policies that might save us some grief and indecision; they're inspired by thinking about AutoCAD-86, but it seems to me that they apply to any software.
First I'll give some of the motivations, then a list of ideas that I'd like to see agreed on.