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Estimation (Effort and Duration) #2/2

January 22, 2014
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Yesterday I spoke about the art of estimation. I highlighted how valuable it is to be able to plan and estimate. I also highlighted that estimation is about getting a number that is close enough for the purpose, not about being accurate.To get to the m...
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Estimation (Effort and Duration) #1/2

January 21, 2014
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Estimation (Effort and Duration) #1/2

Estimation: The art of approximating how much time or effort a task might take. I could write a book on the subject (yes, it'd probably be a very dull book!), it's something that I've worked hard at over the years. It's a very divisive subject: some pe...
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Business Intelligence (BI) Evolution

January 20, 2014
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Business Intelligence (BI) Evolution

I recently stumbled upon an interesting series of papers from IBM. There're entitled Breaking Away With Business Analytics and Optimisation. The informative and deep-thinking series talks about the need for data and good analytical processes, but it al...
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NOTE: Thoughts on Lineage

January 14, 2014
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I got quite a lot of interested feedback on the BI Lineage post I made last week. My post highlighted a most informative article from Metacoda's Paul Homes.

Paul himself commented on my post and offered an additional tip. Here's what Paul said:

I agree it would be nice if BI developers could do...
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2014, The Year of Personal Data

January 13, 2014
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2014, The Year of Personal Data

If 2013 was the year of wearable, personal devices then 2014 will be the year of personal data. In 2013 we saw a huge rise in popularity of wearable devices for measuring steps walked, distance travelled, pulse, calories consumed, and a lot more beside...
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NOTE: Wrap-Up on Test Coverage and MCOVERAGE

January 10, 2014
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I've spent this week describing the functionality and purpose of the MCOVERAGE system option introduced in SAS V9.3. Coverage testing is an important consideration for your testing strategy - it's important to know how much of your code has been tested...
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NOTE: Expanding Our Use of MCOVERAGE for Coverage Analysis of our Macro Testing

January 9, 2014
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NOTE: Expanding Our Use of MCOVERAGE for Coverage Analysis of our Macro Testing

Over the last few days I've been revealing the features and benefits of the MCOVERAGE system option introduced in SAS V9.3. This system option creates a log file to show which lines of our macro(s) were executed, e.g. during our tests.Knowing that we t...
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NOTE: Making Sense of MCOVERAGE for Coverage Testing of Your Macros

January 8, 2014
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Over the last couple of days I've been uncovering the MCOVERAGE system option for coverage of testing of macro code. Coverage testing shows which lines were executed by your tests (and which were not). Clearly, knowing the percentage of code lines that...
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