Re: Devs: help us understand the scope of what we're asking for
Software Development houses consider this kind of information top secret business information. It is never given out in public. It is only given to people inside the company who have a "Need to Know" with a Non Disclosure Agreement.
Originally Posted by Issachar44
The process is that a lead engineer is asked to cost out their little piece of a feature. That is sent up the chain to be consolidated and presented to the management team. If Turbine works like the software houses that I worked for. It works one of two ways:
1) There is a single lead that consolidates all the costing information for the feature. They submit the costing information to the management team. I've done this role in development before. I am never been allowed to share to information to any one else. Not even a fellow employee.
2) Developers are organized in groups under team leaders and supervisors. Each developer does their little part of the costing information. They send it up the management tree. As you go up the management chain, the various numbers are examined, questioned and massaged at each level before being sent up the next level. The only people that know the cost of any feature are the management team that sets the feature list and their support staff.
I have no idea which one Turbine uses. I know method 1 is used some of the time. Method 1 is the only way pet projects can be done. You have to do your own costing and benefits analysis. Present it to a member of the management team to see if the member will sign off and take it to the management meeting.
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