Concept Number: *301
English Master: Question Of Intent
Synonyms, Variations & Acronyms: noneXXXXXXX
It is asked orally during the SQC Specification-Meeting. It is immediately logged in the Editor-Advice-Log by the Scribe. It is answered orally by the Writer at theend of the Specification-Meeting and so the question and answer are available to the Editor during Edit.
The “Question-of-Intent” was invented at my Client Douglas Aircraft Co. (now Boeing) in 1988. It was used as a diplomatic way for junior engineers to hint to senior engineers, that their Engineering specifications were not totally understood, without suggesting that there was any Engineering Defect involved. The Specification-Writer/editor may use the Question-of-Intent in the Editor-Advice-Log as a memory jogger. There is a need to consider answering the question, by either adding material to the written specification, or by rewriting part of it: the Aim being to remove the need for anyone else in the future to have to ask the same question.
This Concept entered by Diane O'Brien.