|Project and Product Management|
Message #7 Posted by WalterB on 12 Feb 2006, 10:28 a.m.,
in response to message #6 by Howard Owen
Elsewhere in industry, when you start something like a new product line (let's call it "Voyager" for this post), you begin with elaborating a design to cover everything this line shall include. Suppose HP worked this way, they had all 5 models in mind (11c, 12c, 15c, 16c, 10c) in this early project phase already. These models may have been outlined in a rather coarse, blurred way with not every feature pinned down exactly, but with sufficient data to be sure all will fit into a common "Voyager" frame defined. So, I expect one project manager for "Voyager" (and maybe some deputy managers for the individual models, since many people have "manager" printed on their business cards in USA). Let's assume Dennis was the one (real) mgr. of "Voyager".
The project team started with the 11c and 12c to verify the market demand (some marketing guys may or may not have claimed this demand earlier). They produced the other calcs later. Maybe not every model was on their project list in the beginning, but the architecture was flexible enough to cover all 5. The last was just the lowest in performance, so no problem with the 10c.
This "history" is just based on published production dates, and derived using logic and common sense - perhaps there are some folks in this forum who KNOW at least some parts of the true story.
Edited: 12 Feb 2006, 6:19 p.m.