Flashback: A Year Ago This Week on Tyner Blain [2006-11-24]

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A look back at the best from a year ago.

Fifteen Ways to Shut Down

There are 15 ways for someone to shutdown a laptop running Windows Vista. This adds unwarranted complexity to our software. How can we avoid the same problem in our software?

Hat Tip

Joel (on Software) has an article where he lambastes the Vista team for providing 9 different ways to stop using the computer. Add in the hardware options on the laptop (like Fn F3), and closing the screen down or hitting the physical power button, and you get to 15 different ways to shut down.

Pairing Business Analysts

Pair programming is a bit of a foreign concept for many people in business. A few years ago, it was foreign to most programmers too. Pair programming is a powerful technique for software development because it allows two people to look at the same problem/solution from two different perspectives at the same time. Would that same approach work for business analysis?

Ten Requirements Gathering Techniques

The BABoK (Business Analyst Body of Knowledge) lists 10 techniques for gathering requirements. Here’s an overview of each one. For more details, check out the latest Guide to the BABoK.

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