Foundation Series: Index

Foundation Series

We’ve started a series of posts designed to provide context and background to readers on many of the topics we post about. This page serves to make it easy to navigate to these pages. It will be updated as new Foundation posts are added.

You’ll know a Foundation post because it will have the picture above.

1. Introduction

An introduction to this series of posts

2. Software Process (Waterfall Process Versus Incremental Process)

Descriptions of waterfall and incremental software processes, and what it means to be a software development process. Also includes discussion of real-world tradeoffs and why one process would be better than another in a given circumstance.

3. Structured Requirements

Definitions of the types of requirements in a structured requirements framework. Also includes diagrams showing how they are related to each other.

4. Black Box and White Box Software Testing

An introduction to the two main classifications of software tests. Also includes analogies and common examples.

5. Unit Testing of Software

An introduction to unit tests. Explains the difference between unit tests and system tests.

6. User Experience Disciplines

An introduction to the different roles that make a user’s experience with software better.

7. CMMI Levels Explained

An introduction to the different CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration) levels developed by the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon (CMU).

8. Feature Driven Development

An introduction to the FDD process and a comparison with waterfall and extreme programming processes.

9. Basic PERT Estimate Tutorial

An introduction to using PERT to estimate task duration as part of managing projects.

10. Continuous Integration

An introduction to and explanation of the benefits of continuous integration as an element of every development process.

11. Functional Testing of Software

An introduction to functional tests, or system tests. Also contrasts with unit testing and shows how to use a layered testing approach.

12. How to Read a Formal Use Case

A brief tutorial on how to interpret a formal use case

13. Data Dictionary Definition

An explanation of how to use a data dictionary to consolidate definitions of business objects for re-use when managing requirements.

14. Business Process Modeling

An introduction to BPM including a simple example and links to resources.

15. JAD Session

An introduction to joint application design (development) sessions.

16. Inbound and Outbound Product Management

An explanation of the two types of product managers and how the role is divided.

17. Intro To Utility Curves

An explanation of utility curves – also known as indifference curves.

18. The Difference Between Correlation and Causality

An explanation of the difference between correlated and causal variables (also known as independent and dependent variables), and the challenges faced in writing requirements because of confusion around them.

19.  SaaS Economics (Software As a Service)

Explanation of how SaaS value and costs work, with detailed comparison against software licensing models

20. Price Elasticity

Explanation of price elasticity of demand, including inelastic and elastic demand and unitary elasticity.

21. Cross-Selling and Upselling

Explains the differences between the two, financial calculations, and conversion statistics.

22. Complementary and Substitute Products

Explains the economic behavioral models that are the underpinnings of cross-selling and upselling.

23. Inside a Scrum Sprint

Explains how user stories move through the agile software development process known as Scrum.

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