IT:AD:Mnemonics (and Acronyms)


It's just the way my quirky way of trying to make order out of the chaos of Application Development… Acronyms that catch my interest…

  • ACID: Advantage, Considerations, Disadvantage (rather than simply Pros & Cons)
  • 10 P's: Purpose, prior planning, passion, patience and persistence prevent piss poor performance.
  • BEST/: Business Empowering Software Tools
  • SPANK IT/: Software Poorly Analysed Nearly Kills IT.
  • WIMP/ versus PIG SWIL/ (Poorly interactive Graphics Static Web Layout} versus CUTE/
  • SMARTASS/: Seriously: Meetings are rarely the Appropriate Software Solution…
  • SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound
  • SWOT/: Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats
  • RACI: Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, Informed
    • Used for RFP's, etc. clearly defining Engagement. Do not state you are Responsible if you cannot control outcome, etc.
    • Responsible: The people responsible for getting the job done.
    • Accountable Exactly one person accoutnable for each activity. Owner of end result and quality.
    • Consulted: involved through input of knowledge and information
    • Informed: receiving information abdout process execution and quality
  • MAXCAP/: Model, Automate, Xecute, Control, Audit, Perfect
    • Used to explain the benefits of WF and BPM
  • MoSCoW/: MUST, Should, Could, Won't
  • INVEST/:
    • Good Agile stories follow the INVEST principle: I – Independent, N – Negotiable, V – Valuable, E – Estimable, S – Small, T – Testable. Negotiable means your opinion as a developer is needed.

    In Search:

  • OCRRA: Objective, Context, Rationale, References, Acceptance
    • Use to develop actionable Requirements.
  • SMART Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound
    • Used to develop actionable Requirements.
  • Security:
    • STEM/ Leaks in (ministry) office buildings
  • RAID: Risks, Assumptions, Issues, Dependencies
  • EOI: Expressions of Interest
  • MEASURE: Monitoring and Evaluation to Assess, Summarize and Use Results Effectively
  • Dog Food It
    • Then again…Cat's Ain't Dogs
  • Monkey-Factoring (Javascript)
  • NBC: Nothing But Commercials
  • TWA: Try walking across
  • DATACOM: Digital Assets Technical Abilities – Customers Options Management