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In the late 90’s I wrote the “Methods in Practice” column for Distributed Computing Magazine. Consider whether these are the reasons that the magazine is no longer with us….

Keeping Software Soft

Why we need methods that assume software should be soft and open to change.

December 1998

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Is there such a thing as Object Oriented Analysis?

My thoughts on the role of analysis in OO projects..

October 1999

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What's a Model For?

What is the point of drawing up UML Models?

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The Almighty Thud

Why you shouldn't write a lot of documentation.

November 1997

Use and Abuse Cases

Ways in which to go badly wrong with Use Cases.

April 1998

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Testing Methods: The Ugly Duckling

Why testing is much more important than most methodologists realize..

June 1998

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Refactoring: Doing Design After the Program Runs

A short introduction to Refactoring.

September 1998

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How Standard is Standard UML?

What does it mean to have a standard UML, and why the standard doesn't standardize as many things as people think it does..

March 1999