Use Case 2.0 – Good stuff

The people at http://www.ivarjacobson.com have released an ebook on what they call the Use Case 2.0 The Definitive Guide. You can pick a copy. And also look at a presentation that may put some more context around it. They'll ask you to fill in all kinds of fields... It merges:
  • Use Cases
  • Stories
  • Kanban
  • Agile
  • Backlog based work organization
It is a workable system IMHO. There is a use case tracker described in there. Save yourself some time by taking my little Excel version.    

Query and Update Sparx EA Repository with SQL

Sample Script to do it (using the Execute undocumented op)  
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option explicit
 
!INC Local Scripts.EAConstants-VBScript
!INC EAScriptLib.VBScript-Logging
 
'
' Script Name: SQL
' Author: Philippe Back
' Purpose: Demo SQL Invocation
' Date: 25/1/2011
'

Function SQLQuery(sql)
Dim sRes
LOGInfo("Query: " & sql)
sRes = Repository.SQLQuery(sql)
LOGInfo("Res: " & sRes)
End Function
 
Function SQLExec(sql)
Dim sRes
LOGInfo("Statement: " & sql)
sRes = Repository.Execute(sql)
LOGInfo("Res: " & sRes)
End Function
 
Sub Main
SQLQuery("SELECT * FROM T_OBJECT WHERE OBJECT_ID=1")
SQLExec("UPDATE T_OBJECT SET NAME='STUFF' WHERE OBJECT_ID=1")
End Sub
 
Main

How to identify your top 3 outcomes?

Yes, how to identify them? Let's have a shot.

5 key areas

First of all, let's look at the five key areas of life:
  • financial
  • intellectual
  • physical
  • spiritual
  • relational

Picture yourself at the center of these 5.

At this very moment in your life, are you financially happy, intellectually happy, physically happy, spiritually happy, relationally happy? Do you want more out of one area?

Pick an area of importance to you.

Of enough importance to make you invest time and energy in getting to the next level.
Write it down. Come on, do it, write it down on a scrap of paper.

A basic question

Now, ask yourself this basic question:  
How would I know when I'd reach 'it' in that very area?
  Yes, how would you know? Because without an indicator, you aren't gonna get very real on this one. The more precise you can get on the indicator, the better. Nobody said it couldn't be qualitative by the way. And an outcome doesn't need to be Earth shattering to be a top outcome. Just that it is of enough importance for you to commit to get in motion towards it. For long enough and with enough resolve so that there is a pretty good chance you'll make it. So, now turn your attention to the 'it' bit. Now that you have an indicator, it is much easier to define this 'it' more clearly.

Now write down: 

 
Top outcome in ..... : ...... I'd know I'll be there when: ... is true...

Reality check

You may well have been rationalizing all the way down. Yes, your mental mind may have done all the work. So, what is your gut telling you now? How do you feel when reading back aloud what you just wrote down? Try it. Repeat. Do you feel excitement?, fear?, butterflies in the belly? If there is nothing, you aren't exactly looking a anything resembling a top outcome.
But if you do, there is something in there!

Rinse and repeat, until you have your three

Pick another area, or the same, it doesn't matter. Do as the spirit moves you. And go through the process again. You just will have to do the reality check at the end until you have your three.

Formulation done!

If you are here without cheating, congratulations. If not, let's wonder why you didn't went through. Stop reading down and go through, will you? Good. Now that you have your list, the first step is set: formulating your top 3 outcomes. Next in line, materializing these outcomes into the world. But that will be for another time! Until then, make sure you get the butterflies in there. --Philippe

Apple brings an effective value upload pipe to the world

Apple released iBooks2 and a new textbook creation app for the Mac (You'll need Lion for that, and even if these things are free, they'll end up pocketing money from that new tide of upgrades - I know they will from me). Keynote already made a huge difference to helping me communicate to an audience (people seeing the presentations tell me regularly: hey, this is definitely *not* a PowerPoint, it looks waay better, and is more effective!). So, I was using it on my iPad to convey ideas in meetings, where it brings a sense of closeness and bonding that helps in securing business. But with the textbooks that do come to life, we enter a new dimension. Think about all Seth Godin PDFs in the form of animated Textbooks, think about curated content with comments on a given subject put together and released to the world! Mmh, in a sense, it is weird that this is announced aroud the time SOPA gets protested and MegaVideo got busted by the FBI. But I may digress. Anyway, this is a super gift for all of us who have value to share. And sharing this way is really making it all exciting. That's what Apple products have succeeded in doing: getting people involved in getting excited again. It is not happening with Linux, it is not happening with Windows. It is happening with Apple products, and a bit less with Android phones. I've bet a lot of the farm on Apple. Not because I am any kind of fanboi, but because it is the logical thing to do when a cash-laden company uses it to roll out such innovative and stimulating stuff ot the world. That's what Apple is strong with: cash-loaded, innovative, master of their supply chain, and controlling the delivery channel. Walled garden? Sure! But generating money and recognition for the players: very very true indeed! Love, money, recognition: they made it so that you get the three assembled with Apple. That's what leadership is about: instilling the motivation to follow and make your best. So, Apple may lead to people challenging jumping off buildings at Foxconn (and doing something about it, as was reported) but they also deliver us these. I started with an Apple II eons ago, moved off when they were out of fancy, and am back to them 20+ years later. Yet another proof that you can turn things over given the right decisions. Quite different from Kodak. But quite alike to Fujitsu. Some more info: http://mashable.com/2012/01/19/this-is-how-apple-changes-education-forever/