Ethics... and the lack of it.

Jim Bufalini jim at visitrieve.com
Wed Dec 2 01:35:17 EST 2009


Alejandro,

Being half Italian and half Spanish and a first generation American, who
majored in psychology, with a minor in philosophy, I don't see the "ethics"
issue. As the Italian half of my ancestry would say (in America), "It's not
personal, it's just business." :-)

Aloha from Hawaii,

Jim Bufalini
 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: use-revolution-bounces at lists.runrev.com [mailto:use-revolution-
> bounces at lists.runrev.com] On Behalf Of Alejandro Tejada
> Sent: Tuesday, December 01, 2009 6:40 PM
> To: use-revolution at lists.runrev.com
> Subject: Re: Ethics... and the lack of it.
> 
> 
> 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 ;-)
> 
> Alejandro
> 
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