Programming

September 27, 2017

Software Automation Isn’t A Job Killer

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Can software replace my job? It’s a concern with roots going back centuries to the arrival of the first automated power looms in 18th-century England, continuing into more modern times with the large claw-like robots that build automobiles. Today it seems there are hundreds of websites making their living pushing clickbait headlines describing the perils […]

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September 18, 2017

User Support Isn’t Always a PICNIC

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It’s easy to assume that someone needing user support is not using the application correctly. What if there really is a bug? We’ve all seen the acronyms from user support techs: ID-10-T errors, PICNIC, PEBKAC, and so on. On the one hand, they’re pretty mean-spirited (but kinda funny). On the other hand, who can blame user […]

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September 5, 2017

Keep Asking Why

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DISCLAIMER – this article applies to mainly to Organizations without business analysts and programmers on staff. A few years ago, we were asked to quote a small automation for an existing, repeat client. They wanted help streamlining a spreadsheet-based process that took about 1/2 day of a high-level employee’s time each week. Client: Can you help […]

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August 4, 2017

How to QA for a Consulting Firm

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ONE:  Don’t just “break the system” I remember my very first QA task when I started here three years ago.  I was testing a client’s internal employee management system.  I had never tested anything before, so I asked my project manager, “How should I QA the software?  What does that mean?”  He answered simply: “Do […]

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May 30, 2017

Emergent Workflows Part 1

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What is an Emergent Workflow? I’m not sure if there’s any consensus on the definition of an emergent workflow.  It’s a term that I use to describe a pattern I have witnessed in business software.  To me, an emergent workflow is a workflow that was not designed explicitly into a piece of software, but slowly […]

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