Step into the not so wayback machine, somewhere late in the 2007 development cycle (2006), a new process came into being in the Factory. During the early years the fast pace of development was successful at rapidly expanding Revit's capabilities but there were some side effects. Some features were reduced in scope at the end of the release to ensure quality and delivery. This might leave out a less common use case or forgo a more comprehensive integration with other areas of the product. Issues identified in Beta or post release would have to fight against new features for attention in the subsequent release. Many lost this fight. It bothered many.
This was partially unavoidable. New concepts were being introduced that were challenging to design and implement. Resources were finite. Allowing for more time or more detailed estimates would have slowed the pace and might not have fully mitigated the symptoms. These are common issues in industry, not just start up companies. In the building industry it gets the name "value engineering" yet that may reflect the point of view of the owner more than the architect.
A new process was needed to address these items and ensure they stopped accumulating. This was first called "Small Enhancements" and more recently F^3 (Fix, Fit & Finish).
The process allows any factory worker to nominate a project. Sources include customer support, blogs, forums and general customer contact. From this uber list the project managers create smaller prioritized lists. Employees can address an issue from these smaller lists opportunistically in ad hock teams. The main restriction is a threshold of time for design and implementation.
The process is designed to be flexible and infill around the larger projects.
Here are some past examples:
- Counts in the Filter dialog
- Gaps in Grids
- Close Loop Snap
- Custom Scales
- Dimension to Intersections
- Currency Symbols
- Digit Formatting
- Recent file Start Page
- More granular view template application
- Spot Slope
Some from R2010:
- Default Workset open setting
- Save before and after Sync to Central
- Open as local
- Halftone/Underlay Settings
- Elevations, Sections and Callouts in view Filters
There are many others but I wanted to convey the range and diversity. In some future posts I am considering using this blog to discuss research around potential projects. This could confirm requirements or comment on potential designs.
How does this sound? The only qualifications:
- Anything discussed is not a guarantee it will appear in the next release
- Anything discussed does not mean it is the sole focus of the Factory
I thinks that it. Stay tuned and feel free to comment on any of the above projects. Good/bad? More please. New suggestions. Fire away.