Often when looking at a feature or enhancement there is opportunity to make some changes "while in the neighborhood". Imagine a feature as a comet. When it's close to earth it gets a lot of attention - cameras, probes, discussion ect. - but then it is back to obscurity until it returns again. The previous Fix, Fit, Finish post recaps how we identify features that need more polish. When this process ensures a feature is again near there is a strong temptation to look at all aspects, revisit past decisions to take advantage of the moment. Some early features were implementation driven.
On the other side, and continuing the celestial metaphors, on Venus mountains can be shaped by crushing atmospheric pressure known as "Venusian Creep". The software version "Scope Creep" replaces atmospheric pressure with extra functionality that, while justifiable on some level, was not in the original requirements. This expansion unchecked could burden delivery of the entire feature.
Opinions often vary on when an enhancement suffers from creep. In the factory we try to establish clear functional, design, and usability goals. Revisiting these can often help make decisions on scope or portions that need re-work.....back down to earth to review some aspects of Drawing Lists.
Schedules of Sheets
Revit has a feature "Drawing List" which is essentially a schedule of sheets. This can then be placed on a cover sheet and faithfully show all sheets that have the property "Appears in Drawing Lists" checked.
There have been requests to allow this feature to be more flexible in allowing for the inclusion of consultant sheets without having to make stand in dummy sheets. These requirements are pretty clear.
- Are there other means beyond paper by which you receive a list of sheets from a consultant? Text file? Spreadsheet? DWG file? All of the above?
- If a sheet is on the schedule but not used in the project (consultant sheet) what could this be called. Rooms like this are labeled as "Un-placed". Sheets are not really "placed" though. "Un-used"? "Listed only"?
- What about the term "Drawing List"? "Sheet List" seems more accurate and "Sheet Schedule" would be even more symmetrical and Revity. Then again If there are no training or learning issues it may be better left alone.