Create Rather Than Conform

Even though Microsoft's Excel may have been a significant market motivator to start the QPW program, QPW developers paid it little heed during the design of their code and human interfaces. Functionality and interface were derived from first principles (project members were strongly conversant in spreadsheet issues) and from consideration for compatibility with other Borland interfaces.

One major distinction between QPW, and most of the work done in large telecommunications projects we studied at AT&T, is that QPW wasn't working to a customer requirements document. They simply knew what needed to be done. This owes to DomainExpertiseInRoles and can be viewed as a special kind of SurrogateCustomer.