Flashback: This Week in the Past on Tyner Blain [Apr 5]

reflections of the past

A look back at the best from this week in the past.

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.

Agile Development of Use Cases

box fish

We proposed a strategy for developing use cases as part of an agile development methodology last week. In this article, we will look in more detail at that proposal, and also look at a specific way to apply agile techniques to the development of the use cases. What we propose is essentially incremental development of use cases, and starting what comes next as soon as you can.

Competent Users and Software Requirements

student driver

We were all student drivers at one point. But no one stays a beginner indefinitely.

expert driver

Almost no one becomes an expert driver either.

normal traffic

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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