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October 2, 2009 [ More archived home pages here ]

Learning New Skills

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Today's song is Workin' On A Groovy Thing by The 5th Dimension, released in 1969.

For over a month now I've been working with two database products on a client project. Both products provide powerful capabilities for the end user. The ability to derive knowledge is a combination of familiarity with the data and the skill to manipulate that data into a useful framework of understanding.

This project is an exploration of the structure of one information model and translating the essential salient aspects into another model that enables further and deeper understanding. Some of the basic needs are easy to replicate between one product and another. At the point where complexity of a model arises then new thinking is required to understand how to map that complexity across to the other application.

My partner in Newbound, Inc. created a tool in Java based upon my design requirements to remove a substantial part of the work required towards modeling the data in the second application. What remains at this current juncture is how to abstract the logical basis of the model so that the flexibility is maximized not only for one of the applications, but others that may come along downstream as time goes by and new products in the marketplace arrive.

We at Newbound think we have some key insights into how to make this happen. It's these kinds of projects with a twist that make learning new skills a necessity.


My friend, Jim, posted a new leadership article, The Exhausted Leader.


Another project management tip, We're Back (and with instructions on creating a Burndown Report)!


For WiFi users this article may be helpful.


Found on the web links for October 1, 2009 [ Link since removed ]


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