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Mike Prestwood is a drummer, an author, and creator of the PrestwoodBoards online community. He is the President & CEO of Prestwood IT Solutions. Prestwood IT provides Coding, Website, and Computer Tech services. Mike has authored 6 computer books and over 1,200 articles. As a drummer, he maintains play-drums.com and has authored 3 drum books. If you have a project you wish to discuss with Mike, you can send him a private message through his PrestwoodBoards home page or call him 9AM to 4PM PST at 916-726-5675 x205.




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1. Document Known Terms

Every business and custom application uses terms defined for their business. Definitions help clarify communication by establishing the meaning of verbiage and can be either a word or phrase.

To do: Ask client for a list of terms. If they do not have a list, perhaps client staff can generate a list of definitions to kick-start documenting of known terms. We will add to the list as we discover them.

Deliverable: Included as part of the App Specification from the app menu, or printed and/or delivered to the client for review anytime from the App Definitions page.

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2. Archive Legacy System

Get source code, database, and any existing documenation from client. Do NOT check old source code into version control. Instead, place all files on Drive P under folder \ClientLabel\AppLabel_Old\Source\*.*

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3. Generate Legacy Paradox PDFs

Create documentation directly from legacy Paradox system. We have a suite of PDoxDos and PDoxWin analysis tools which create our data models, data dictionaries, file inventories, and searchable reference databases. This documentation is used to create the new database as well as to extract many data driven business rules. This step includes setting up the legacy system with data in our development environment so developers can exercise the legacy system anytime needed throughout both steps of our 2-step process.

Deliverable: Saved as PDFs on drive P as well as sent to the client in an email.

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4. Identify Use Cases Only

After forms are identified, we initially identify but do not document in detail use cases (business processes). The documenting of uses cases can occur later in step 1 or early in step 2 of our 2-Step. Each use case is identified, labeled, and assigned to 1 or more actors as part of the Task Artifact that is identified with the specific form that contains use case, or in a UML Use Case diagram to accompany our standard documentation. If only a UML Use Case diagram is created at this point of the project, then the UML Use Case diagram is used during the Document Use Cases task where each use case and actor are associated with a specific App Artifact and documented.

Deliverable: 1+ tasks in step 1 or 2 of our 2-step. Optionally, we can deliver a UML use case diagram.

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5. Identify and Document Actors

An actor represents a role or user of the application. Actors are defined with each application and can be linked with one or more requirement items, forms, and/or use cases (business processes).

Deliverable: Included as part of the App Specification from the app menu, or printed and/or delivered to the client for review anytime from the App Actors page.

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6. Convert, Identify Forms/Reports

Identify scope of the user interface. First, we identify forms and reports in use. Then narrow that list to what will be converted. In every case, the client drives this process with our help. Any forms or reports missed, can be added to the project when discovered. However, the client is responsible for validating the scope of the project. Each form and report is added to the step 2 of 2 build-it phase either as a task by itself or as part of task.

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7. Other
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8. Other
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9. Other
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10. Initial Pre-2-Step Discovery

Sometimes clients want to start a project with a small task or 2. This pre-project work is considered part of discovery and may include feasibility, documenting of an old system, data cleanup, etc. As soon as appropriate, the formal discovery should start with our Step 1 of our 2 step process.

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11. New Server

New domain controller server. The suggested default is to use a Hyper-V host with 2012 or 2016 standard server VM. Optional additional VM servers can be added as needed including a File Server to centrally locate all important data, Exchange Server, etc.

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12. New/Move Office

Broader scope than just a cabling job. Can include cabling, vendor management (ISP, phones, etc.), setup or move of server, workstations, etc.

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13. Cabling Job

Billing models can be per drop, or time and materials.

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14. Enhance Website
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15. New Website
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16. 2 of 2, AppName 1.0

Step 2 of 2: Build-It

  • PSDP Initial Coding Phase: Build MVC shell with user management and login. Build data migration program. Build initial forms. Alpha builds. Add mobile readiness.
  • PSDP Testing & Rework Phase: Beta builds with optional double entry alongside existing application.
  • PSDP Deployment and Maintenance Phase: Deploy. Establish maintenance plan.

Step 2 of our 2 step is used to complete an application by building it. This step 2 project ticket is created during discovery, during step 1 of our 2-step process. For projects over 500 hours, we break up our step 2 of 2 into multiple projects of 500 hours or less. In which case, the App Tickets option on the application menu tracks overall progress.

This project ticket documents requirements in App Artifacts. However, there may be some completed requirements in previous projects including step 1 projects, which is appropriate. This project also documents any tasks that are required to complete the project including PM, testing, and deployment. The combination of tasks and artifacts in this project represent the project plan for building the app.

If the client has authorized work, it is set to In-Progress and work can start as soon as resources are ready which means, depending on billing relationship and approach, this step 2 build project can overlap with a step 1 discovery project. If this ticket is not authorized, the printed version of the Project Plan is the Project Proposal for Building of the next version of the application.

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17. 1 of 2, AppName 1.0

Step 1 of 2: Discovery

  • PSDP Feasibility Phase: Setup legacy system for coders. Document legacy system using automated tools.
  • PSDP Requirements Phase: Identify forms and reports to convert. Document terms, actors, and identify use cases. Identify enhancements (if any). Identify tables in use.
  • PSDP Design Phase: Build new database. Initial screen design mockup. Document business rules and additional documentation of use cases.

Step 1 deliverables usually include a project plan for the Step 2 of 2 build-it phase which serves as the requirements, a new database, and a GUI mockup. Each form and report becomes a task in step 2 of our 2-step process along with other known tasks such as build data migration program, build MVC Shell Application, user subsystem, and admin forms for maintaining users, lookup tables, etc.

Step 1 of our 2 step approach is used to start a project with discovery. Step 2 is build. The goal of discovery is to document known requirements, some initial design, and a project plan. Step 1 of our 2 step includes at least the following tasks: Gather Requirements, Build GUI Mockup, and Create the Initial Database. The Requirements task becomes the project plan for step 2, Build.

Discovery can include additional tasks such as documenting an existing application, data cleanup, and even a task or two from the initial coding phase such as implementing our Prestwood ASP.Net MVC shell which includes some initial design, and member management.

If this ticket is not authorized, the printed version of the Project Plan is the Project Proposal for Discovery. Once authorized, the tasks of this project are completed. The requirements task is completed by creating a Step 2 of 2 project ticket which becomes the project plan and/or the proposal for Step 2, Build.

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18. Wordpress Theme Install and Customize
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19. Wordpress Plugin Install & Setup
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20. Installation Program
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21. Subsystem

2+ forms and/or reports.

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22. Tech Task, Large (10+ Hours)

Client Request: 

To Do:

  1. Initial estimate=2 hours.
  2. Evaluate, define approach, then... 
    • Use this ticket: Update estimate, seek client authorization.
    • Create a project ticket, seek cient authorization, and close original ticket.
    • Need more time? Update estimate on original ticket, seek authorization.
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23. Tech Task, Small (Under 10 Hours)

Client Request: 

To Do:

  1. Initial estimate=2 hours.
  2. Evaluate, complete work within 2 hours, or update estimate.
  3. Then... 
    • If ticket billing relationship is T&M Ongoing, keep going.
    • If T&M Notify, notify client, keep going. 
    • Otherwise, wait for client to authorize. Once authorized, update Authorized field.
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24. Prospect, Cabling Job

Establish scope of cabling job, discover...

  • # and length of drops
  • materials needed: faceplates, etc.
  • estimate people power (watch for challenges like metal in walls)

Time Estimate: Okay to perform up to 4 hours at no charge. Usually used to walk the building. Beyond that, if there are tasks that need to be done prior to proposing or starting a New Cabling project, do them against this ticket or create a new ticket(s).

Goal: If client is ready to proceed, create a separate New Cabling project ticket and propose to client.

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25. Prospect, Office Move

Establish scope of office move job, discover...

  • cabling needs, start a separate cabling project or integrate with this one
    • # and length of drops
    • materials needed: faceplates, etc.
    • estimate people power (watch for challenges like metal in walls)
  • Are we moving computers? Best if we at least move the server, but we'd like to move all "devices", but NOT furniture.
  • Are all vendors lined up?
  • Does the server room need preping? Mini-split?

Time Estimate: Okay to perform up to 4 hours at no charge. Usually used to walk the building. Beyond that, if there are tasks that need to be done prior to proposing or starting an Office Move project, do them against this ticket or create a new ticket(s). For example, if they want help with vendors such as phone, ISP, and others, that's billable work.

Goal: If client is ready to proceed, create a separate Office Move project ticket for work not performed under this ticket and propose to client.

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