Flashback: A Year Ago This Week on Tyner Blain [2006-04-07]


A look back at the best from a year ago.

Learn to Fly With Software Process Automation

flying squirrel

We can reach the next step in our software process evolution by automating much of our process. Flying squirrels evolved a technique* to quickly move from one tree to another without all the tedious climbing and dangerous running. Software teams that automate their processes achieve similar benefits. Automation allows us to increase efficiency while improving quality. And we spend less time on tedious and mundane tasks.

Targeted Communication – Three Tips

cliff notes

Most guides to writing an executive summary miss the key point: The job of the executive summary is to sell, not to describe.

This from Guy Kawasaki’s recent post, The Art of the Executive Summary. Guy’s article is structured towards pitching an idea to a potential investor. We’re going to apply the same rationale to the communication that is key to successful product development – communication from the team, to stakeholders and sponsors.

Competent Users and Software Requirements


Most of us are competent drivers. Driving skill probably even follows a bell curve distribution, with most drivers being OK, some “bad”, some “good”, and very few experts or beginners. We’ll show in this post how to apply this pattern to software requirements and design.

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