Verifying Models

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My name is Don, and I have a problem. I'm trying to make sense of my world. Sometime ago I asked myself the question, "What is the earliest indicator that something is going wrong?" And of course, I'm not happy with just a single problem, I'm looking for the answer for the base problem class, which all other problems inherit. What would you expect from an ENTP?

Force Ranking Force Dynamics

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Esther Derby recently ranted about Force Ranking. I'm not an expert on force ranking, or maybe as an independent consultant I am. I'm force ranked every time I work with a client.

Getting to Language

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Albert has an interesting job. He takes the manufacturing software the plant operators use, and creates simulation software to train operators. I started working with him when his company selected some new software, and he needed suggestions on how to do things like make time stop.

Debugging System Boundaries: The Satir Interaction Model

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People working with systems know the interactions between the system and its environment create a tremendous opportunity for success or failure. In computer systems the interfaces between components, utilities, other systems, and the user often contain the most initial defects.

Says Who?

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This system must have 99.9% availability." Says who? "We're in financial trouble, and there's going to be a lay-off." Says who? "Management won't let us purchase the new tool like they said we could." Says who? Any statement that doesn't include "Who Said", needs to have "Says who?" as a response.

So What's the Problem?

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I would say that the root of the problem or "cause" was the pure and simple fact, that a poor decision was made to "band aid" a poorly designed system. If the correct decision was made in February of 2004 ...