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  •  I was a code tester. Programmers using Basic (13+ / 0-)

    to write linear regression and other scientific programs. I designed the test sets, ran through them, back to the programmers. Testing data aquisition programming during overnight hours. Begging for a programmer that understood statistics.

    Explaining a gazillion times to the scientists that once the program was tested and implemented, "a little change" was not little.

    Speaker to the Programmers from the Scientists. Explaining to the scientists what a functional specification was, that it had to be SPECIFIC.

    Next job was OJT Fortran.

    Hmmm. I guess I was a machocist?

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    by CuriousBoston on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 05:49:26 PM PDT

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    •  Since 2000, I've done the whole spectrum of (11+ / 0-)

      the life cycle.  I spent nearly 10 years at the last shop.  There was no QA department.  There were no spec writers, let alone real specs written.  Example, I discussed with Nursing Informatics what the criteria was for inserting pneumonia and flu shots to the admit order group - they gave me a single page on the criteria.  I went through the code to find out where the changes need to be made.  Made the changes.  Created the test patients and tested the code.  Then I held the hands of Nursing Informatics when they did their 'testing'.  Then it went into production.

      One of my last assignments was - when transferring from emergency, have admit and fall prevention order groups automatically added.  Let me know when you're done.  That was it!!!

      Actually, it really wasn't so bad.... I really like tracing down the programs and making sure that they're working correctly.  Getting return code 00 or 04 is a great feeling.  So is seeing the screens display what they should be after the changes I made.

      But, yeah, if I can't talk with the 'source' and/or liason of the end user to get what's wanted..... those specs better be detailed!!!

      •  As it was, as it is today. I knew sheeite was f'd (3+ / 0-)

        up when I had to explain to a guy that it is IMPORTANT that the right part # and quantity be subtracted from inventory. And he didn't get it. And he was the programmer. No. Shit. 2002/3.

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        by mrsgoo on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 09:07:05 PM PDT

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        •  Material Requirements Planning. (0+ / 0-)

          They roped me into that, too. Speaker to Corporate from the Cambridge hippies. Corporate business guy: We'll just add these gazillion forms."

          "Um, no. They need to be incorporated into production documents that meet technical requirements, written to FDA specs, useable by people that do not know or care about material requirements."

          It did get implemented by all departments, I got a Chicago accent on top of a Boston one. The corporate business guy was teachable, thank FSM. Bad corporate, good me.

          I don't know what I would have done with that programmer. Maybe have him work packaging kits for a day. He'd quit, hopefully. Unless you used a fridge empty of beer to explain?

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          by CuriousBoston on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 11:55:17 AM PDT

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      •  GAA! No QA? No written specs? Nothing signed off? (0+ / 0-)

        Mercy. Jumping in the deep end. They don't realize what will happen when you are in Europe and they break the system. I believe in commented code, I do, do.

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        by CuriousBoston on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 11:38:50 AM PDT

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