WIMS> Re: WIMS Counter Spec Requirements...requirements..

WIMS> Re: WIMS Counter Spec Requirements...requirements..

WIMS> Re: WIMS Counter Spec Requirements...requirements..

thrasher at lexmark.com thrasher at lexmark.com
Mon Jun 13 15:31:13 EDT 2005

Here's the text from the Process Document
Section 4.4 
"Prior to completion of the first Working Draft, a clear statement of 
requirements for the standard to be produced is required.  A requirements 
statement documents the best effort collection of known requirements on a 
particular protocol, interface, procedure or convention.  The requirements statement is important as it leads to a clear, common 
understanding of the goals, provides a guide for developing the standard, 
and can be used as a final test to measure the completeness of the 
resulting specification. It is not necessary that the resulting standard meet every stated 
requirement, but the standard should be explicit about which requirements 
it does not meet, and why. Requirements may be updated during the 
development of the standard, as they become clearer. As with Charter 
(above), brainstorming, fact-finding and associated activities frequently 
accompany the process of requirements gathering. Often, at the beginning 
of a project, the Charter, Requirements and early versions of an initial 
Working Draft are all undergoing simultaneous revision until a clear 
direction emerges and the Charter and Requirements are formally approved. 
We clearly have already streached letter of the process document by not 
formally approving a statement of requirements prior to the completion of 
the first Working Draft.  That being said I would think that a statement 
of requirements could contain both the use cases and scenarios that 
demonstrate the need for standardization of something as well as the 
particular design requirements placed on the development of the 
That being said I personally think that the use cases text that Ira has 
offered would be better placed as Section 1.1, followed by Section 1.2 
Overview of Counters followed by Section 1.3 Design Requirements for 
I also have a comment about the term "Down Mode"...........I'm not sure 
how long this term has been in the document but it's not actually used 
anywhere else in the document...and it should be "Down State" or something 
other than Mode in my opinion.  I would think there are very few printer 
vendors that have a "User Mode", a "Maintenance Mode" and a "Down Mode" in 
thier respective products.  And the first sentence of the definition is 
messed up as well......
Jerry Thrasher, Lexmark 

wamwagner at comcast.net
Sent by: owner-wims at pwg.org
06/13/2005 01:09 PM

        To:     wims at pwg.org
        Subject:        WIMS> June 15 Conference Call

The next WIMS conference call is at 12 noon EDT on 15 June. Agenda will 
concentrate on Counter Spec:

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This draft includes changes agreed to at last conference call although the 
"requirements" item still needs to be addressed. Ira's message of 7 June 
should be discussed as to need, required detail, and who will generate the 
new material.

I find the "requirements" requirement of the PWG process unclear with 
respect to whether these deal with requirements for the proposed items 
(Why have are counters needed ?) or Ira's interpretation that it is a 
detailed identification of the requirements of the proposed  items. It 
would be helpful if Jerry (as protagonist for inclusion) could clarify his 
interpretation of the process document. At any rate, it seems odd having 
the more general use models (which touch on requirements for) in section 3 
, while the  design requirements are in section 1. It would seem that the 
"Why" should precede the  how.

With the resolution of the "requirements"  question, I believe that the WG 
group has gone well beyond addressing voiced last call issues, and 
although we would continue to strive toward perfection, I think we had 
better concentrate on wrapping this up and getting it ready for a vote.

Bill Wagner, Chairman, WIMS WG

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