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Comments from Training [message #584992] Wed, 17 October 2007 17:55
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Originally posted by: Sevon.Vanbebber.baesystems.com

I am currently training other's in how to use EPFC and there have been a
couple items brought to my attention that I thought I would share with you
guys. I have been hands on with this tool 90% of my time for the last 4
months, so I can overlook some of the difficult items to understand, but
the new users are not as accepting.

First, when adding tasks from method content into Process, it looks up
items through Disciplines, or from "uncategorized tasks." Why are we not
looking up information from the content packages? This has been a major
sticking point for the trainee's because we don't currently use
disciplines for all of our tasks, so I have gotten in the habbit of
creating disciplines just for the sake of finding tasks, which creates an
extra step in development. New users see this as having to organize their
information again, which has been received very poorly.

Another item, I have read through a lot of the papers and other
information written by the EPF team, and I have never really seen a
graphic that shows how everything is linked together in the tool besides
the vin diagram graphic and the graphic with the 3 images on the left hand
side pointing to the editor, which are more theory than application. Is
there a lower level representation of actually how things are interelated
through editing in the tool and what the aplication is of each of the
Categories? I understand that it is really complicated, which is why I
have not created one myself, but I also dont know a lot of the
justification of why things are the way they are and thought that maybe
you guys would have something that I havent seen yet :)

The way that I have been training, is I have divided creating process into
4 roles:

1. Creating Content and their innerelations (through content packages)
2. Editing Content (also, through content packages)
3. Relating Content to one another (through Standard Categories and
Process)
4. Architecting User Views

Creating and Editing content went really smoothly, however, the last 2
invoked a lot of questions that I haven't found EPF answers to, just, well
this is how/why I do it the ways that I do. If you have any direction to
point me to, to learn more about process and architecting and why
decisions were made in OpenUP to make it the way it is, I would greatly
appreciate that as well.

Side note, will any of you be at the Rational Product event in La
Jolla/San Diego October 30th? If so, I would like to meet you!

Thanks!
Sevon
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