Monday, January 26, 2009

Use "rules" and "non-typical implementation strategy" to replace "use cases" and "common data" respectively

Use "rules" and "non-typical implementation strategy" to replace "use cases" and "common data" respectively

For a technical team, the concept (or “wording”) of “rules” is better than “use cases”, because “rules” is more technical. Users are more attentive and more tolerate to details. It is more "cut to the chase". Note that I correct myself of my previous blogs. Now, I believe the concept of “rules” corresponds/replaces to “use cases” (for technical teams), instead of replacing “common data”.

For a technical team, the concept “implementation strategy” corresponds/replaces the concepts “common data”.

Note that “rules” and “implementation strategy” are more “mixed”: “rules” has “common data” factors, and “implementation strategy” has “use cases” elements. However, their respective “starting point" is “use cases” and “common data” respectively.

I know, it is very confusing, but it is actually simple in action: for a technical team, always have a list, with “rules” and “implementation strategy” as your cheat sheet, then, you will be safe and can proactively respond everything.

Just one more bit of details. Usually there are too many details, too many “implementation strategies” – i.e., the list can be too long to be effective as a “cheat sheet”. So, the secret is to scan through the common, usual, routine “implementation strategies”, and, identify those uncommon, non-typical ones.

You may ask, what are the criteria of “common” and “uncommon” (i.e. “special”, "non-typical") ones? Easy, the 90% rule (I know, usually people say 80% rule – but in technical areas, we need to be tougher).

Of course, to pay attention to the non-typical ones, you have to master the common ones first, even most of the time, you do not need to do them yourself, since you only pay attention to the non-typical ones – it sounds like a paradox, but that is the secret of delegation or helping others to help yourself – that is actually your value as an experienced professional.

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