Author Archives: R.P. Churchill

Monitoring System Health and Availability, and Logging: Part 1

Ongoing Monitoring, or, What’s Happening Now? Any system with multiple processes or machines linked by communication channels must address real-time and communication issues. One of the important issues in managing such a system is monitoring it to ensure all of … Continue reading

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Designing and Documenting Inter-Process Communication Links

I’ve touched on the subject of inter-process communication previously here and here, but now that I’m charged with doing a lot of this formally I wanted to discuss the process in more detail. I’m sharing this in outline form to … Continue reading

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Microsoft Excel: It’s More Than Just VLOOKUP

Yesterday’s post touched on the importance of being able to use spreadsheets well, and particularly Microsoft Excel. I thought I would expand on that subject here. I saw copies of Lotus 1-2-3 back in college and certainly read about it. … Continue reading

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Post University CIS Advisory Committee Annual Meeting – 2018

Today I participated in the annual meeting of the advisory committee for the undergraduate CIS department at Post University in Waterbury, CT (as I have on previous occasions). Most of the students participate in the program remotely, which is a … Continue reading

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A Simple Discrete-Event Simulation: Part 91

I started thinking about the design of processes that require resources and realized there are a lot of ways I could go with this, so I thought I’d back up and think it through in writing. Let’s begin with a … Continue reading

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A Simple Discrete-Event Simulation: Part 90

This evening I attended the DC IIBA Meetup on the subject of process mapping, which is obviously an area in which I have some experience. Since I’ve reached a natural break in writing about pure business analysis subjects I’m going … Continue reading

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Domain Knowledge Acquisition

I’ve touched on this subject briefly before, but I wanted describe it more directly. The simplest definition of domain knowledge, for me, is: what you need to know to create and apply effective solutions in a specific situation. Acquisition, of … Continue reading

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Advanced Manufacturing Process Integration Ideas

I’ve seen a lot of different things over the years and they cannot help but suggest possibilities for ways things can be done in a more streamlined, integrated way. Of particular interest to me has been the many novel ways … Continue reading

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Follow-up: A Way To Use Jira for Everything?

Today I continue yesterday’s discussion of ways to implement an RTM and my framework using Jira, except this time I want to talk about using Jira for every phase of an effort and not just for implementation and testing. Given … Continue reading

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Jira and Confluence for RTMs and My Framework

I finally finished the Udemy course on Jira and Confluence. As I watched each section of the course I thought about how the capabilities of the two products can be used to represent Requirements Traceability Matrices, and furthermore how they … Continue reading

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