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RE: Supply Chain Spec Volunteer

From: Neil Tiffin
Subject: RE: Supply Chain Spec Volunteer
Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2002 18:45:55 -0400

At 9:12 AM -0400 8/20/02, Jeff Childers wrote:

 we will need a business persons view

That's cool - the narrative has to come before use cases and such anyway.
I'm "down" with that<g>.

Since I got ya <g>....

1- What application do you guys use to read/edit the XML DocBook files? I
have searched Google like a madman and all I find are references to the
darned docbook specifications. All I want is something to open the &*&*(*^#

I use a plain text editor.

2- By any chance, do you have an index to the Supply Chain files? I'd like
to make sure I have the documents that are the a) right ones and b) all of
them (so I don't wind up reinventing the wheel).  If not - would you have
capacity to work with me (even just in guidance mode) to create an index
before I get started?

My developer web site went away. As soon as I find out how to get it back, I'll rebuild all of the old docs and let you know.

Thanks Neil!


-----Original Message-----
From: Neil Tiffin [mailto:address@hidden
Sent: Monday, August 19, 2002 8:48 PM
To: Jeff Childers; address@hidden
Subject: RE: Supply Chain Spec Volunteer


Using UML has been suggested for the past several years.  We did not
use it in the last incarnation because there was not a way to convert
UML into something usable and I was not interested in doing
everything twice (and no one else volunteered to do it either.)

I do believe that we will need a business persons view (prose
functionality) of the system design.  It does not matter to me which
comes first.  But it will be needed at some point.

The current packages do contain some base decisions that were the
result of several people around the world.  It would be good to build
on that if possible.  Probably 80% of the package stuff is just place
holders, waiting for discussion that never occurred.   That 80% can
be ditched.

The main stuff that should be kept or should be built on is in the
Base Package.

One other item that the last incarnation of the package specs had is
that the documentation is built directly from the object definition
and it was not possible for the system design, documentation, and
objects to be different.  I personally think this is highly
desirable, but most of the others on the team did not really see this
as a big deal and so no need to keep at this point.

Having been through this type design with large systems keep in mind
that the work load will only get more onerous as the system grows and
some organization and automation now, while not entirely necessary,
will pay hugely in the near future.


Great, I've looked at the documents and will start downloading them.
Question: What format are the graphics in? I don't recognize the

Unless anyone has an objection, I think I would like to use a light UML
style to organize the requirements. That is, define the modules in terms of
objects ('actors' or whatever) with their properties, events and methods.

Jeff Childers

-----Original Message-----
From: address@hidden [mailto:address@hidden Behalf Of Derek
Sent: Friday, August 16, 2002 4:25 PM
To: J. Childers
Cc: address@hidden
Subject: Re: Supply Chain Spec Volunteer

Yes we woudl love it, the source of that pdf is in cvs and is actually
in docbook (xml).  You can submit patches to it via address@hidden or

Neil Tiffin was heading up specs, but has other committments now, so
sending to the core will work until we find a new 'head' of application
speficication.  It's really a great job, in fact it even pays well, a
200% increase per day is *GUARANTEED*.  (assuming one is foolish enough
to believe 0*200 = something valuable)

On Thu, 2002-08-15 at 14:22, J. Childers wrote:
  Hey, do you guys want somebody to start fleshing out the SupplyChain.pdf
document? I assume that
  it's a spec of sorts...
  I would love to work on that. I have lots of detailed ERP product
experience (from coding to
  implementation) and tons of opinions :).  Who's in charge of specs


  Jeff Childers

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