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My Jerry Maguire Moment

Courtesy Sony Pictures Show Me the Functional Specifications! The challenge of creating RFP specifications for computer systems that are clear and useful. ************************************************************************************* Disclaimer: All of the ideas expressed in this article are my personal statements and opinions, and do not reflect the opinions/statements of the City of Urbana. ************************************************************************************* For the first twenty years of my career I was a consultant who worked on public sector software projects, and for most of those years one of the tasks I did a lot was respond to checklists of functional requirements from RFPs (Requests for Proposals). I read scores of checklists, answered thousands of individual requirements, and performed hundreds of hours of software demonstrations trying to address them in a real-time environment. From this experience, I want to say that the c