Ethics... and the lack of it.

Alejandro Tejada capellan2000 at
Tue Dec 1 23:39:30 EST 2009

Hi Bill,

William Marriott wrote:
> Alejandro,
> So let me be sure I have this right:
> 1) You wrote some software over time

No, it's not me who wrote this software.
This "What-if-scenario" arised from a conversation
with software developers that use other platforms.

William Marriott wrote:
> 2) The client decides to appraise the value of it, so he puts it out to
> bid
> 3) And intends to use the highest bid to "declare" the value of the
> software

Yes, this is correct.

William Marriott wrote:
> I suppose it all depends on what the meaning and context of "declare" is.
> For example: If I pay someone $10,000 to build a deck on my house, but it 
> actually increases the value of the house by $50,000 somehow, then that 
> would probably be a legitimate thing to do, if I was preparing to sell the 
> house or accurately determine the property taxes due. Is he selling his 
> business?
> Perhaps the client is trying to make a decision about the value of using a 
> Rev-based solution (which may have lower development costs, but fewer
> people 
> who know Rev well enough to maintain it) versus one that based on a more 
> widely known tool (which may be more expensive to develop, but gives him 
> greater flexibility choosing a developer).
> Where do you see the ethical dilemma? Is it that he is using the highest
> bid 
> to determine the value, versus the average bid, or the actual amount paid? 
> Each method could be appropriate in differing circumstances. Of course it 
> could also be mis-used.

One possibility is that client act in this way because him does not know
how much this software is worth, and look for others opinion to learn
about the actual value of their software.

William Marriott wrote:
> Personally, I'd be interested in what he comes up with. This way you could 
> market yourself to other clients saying, "I developed a solution for $W in
> X 
> amount of time that could well have cost my client up to $Y and taken Z 
> amount of time!"

This would be great, if this were my own case. 
But, who knows... Maybe in a future it could be ;-)


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