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For me, the most important step in any large project is putting together a good 'specifications' or 'requirements' document. If you can do this in enough detail, and have the client sign off on it, you can save yourself a lot of work.
I'd like to second, third, and fourth that. :)

I've worked on several projects that skimped early on in the requirements gathering phase, and we suffered for it later. All I can say is, I'll never let that happen to me again.

Designing a beautiful architecture only to find that it can't be made to meet the end-user's needs is no fun. Making up the requirements as you go along is fun for a few months, but then it starts to get old.

As much as you can, it's good to know where you need to end up before you get started.

-Matt


In reply to Re: Re: Starting a Large Project by mattriff
in thread Starting a Large Project by defyance

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