Project in Trouble?

Despite all of our best efforts, some projects end up in trouble and they need to be ‘saved’ or ‘shut down’! Making the ‘shut down’ decision is very difficult but must be considered once a project that is in trouble is identified.  Some of the questions I have used in the past to determine whetherContinue reading “Project in Trouble?”

What do seven Y’s spell??

REQUIREMENTS! When someone tells you they have a need, you should be able to investigate that original statement with about seven (7) Why’s before they get bored or frustrated with your interest. I need a daily spending report! Why Daily? Why only spending? Why only ONE day? Why not a Rolling Daily Report of 5Continue reading “What do seven Y’s spell??”

What Users Say Translated to Software Engineering!

I need a report that shows me how much I spent yesterday! Not an atypical ‘requirement’ from a business users’ point of view, huh?  What do you as a Software Engineer DO with this and similar statements? Let’s start with a couple of questions that we can use to expand and clarify on a statementContinue reading “What Users Say Translated to Software Engineering!”

Let’s CLOUD the Issue..

I just read an article about the word “CLOUD” being more of a verb than a noun so I thought I would add my two cents to this discussion and Cloud the issue some more. This article was written by someone in a networking group that I have attended in the past and I will,Continue reading “Let’s CLOUD the Issue..”

Structure Programming – Advice from IT.Toolbox

The only point I disagree with in this article is about replicating code for readability! DO NOT REPLICATE code ’cause it also replicates Maintenance Costs! Other than that – Bravo to the author: Craig Borysovitch! http://it.toolbox.com/blogs/enterprise-solutions/systems-development-structured-programming-guidelines-48980   bgbg

Orthogonal Views…

A current definition provides us this: or·thog·o·nal   [awr-thog-uh-nl] adjective 1.  Mathematics . a. Also, orthographic. pertaining to or involving right angles or perpendiculars: an                 orthogonal projection. b. (of a system of real functions) defined so that the integral of the product of any           Continue reading “Orthogonal Views…”

Syntax of an ERD – Entity Relationship Diagram

Syntax Rules for an Entity Relationship Diagram: An Entity appears as a Rectangular shape with a Name that is represented in the Singular for the subject of the data contained in this Entity. A Relationship Line can be created between any two or more (or’s and and’s) Entities. A Relationship MUST be valid and readableContinue reading “Syntax of an ERD – Entity Relationship Diagram”

Process Modeling

Flowcharts, Data Flow Diagrams, Swim Lane diagrams, Use Cases and other constructs have been used to reflect what a Business or Systems Analyst thinks the client is describing when they talk about Business Process and the use of information in the conduct of their business. These diagrams have structure, syntax, and rules that have beenContinue reading “Process Modeling”

The Software Engineering Handbook

Information Technology (IT) has been moving towards a “Popcorn Culture” for many years where our Practitioners are regularly looking for a quick POP of a little progress in technology.  When I was growing up in the world of computer programming, we were taught that this work took planning, design, testing, and re-work before a productContinue reading “The Software Engineering Handbook”