The smart programmer …
(a) Listens and nods his head while Management says “We want this, We want that” … (chances are this is all wrong);
(b) Sits down with end users (secretaries, etc.) for a while, every day, staying out of their way but watching them work, and asking the occasional question;
(c) Figures out what the end users really want, need, will accept;
(d) Codes for the end user, then spins the thing so Management thinks they’re getting what they (foolishly) asked for.
LOL… this is sooooo true!