Friday, January 18, 2008

PowerPoint(tm): The New Documentation Standard

Well, finally something work related.

So what did I miss? Apparently everyone dumped Visio (tm) and other technical drawing products, and replaced them with PowerPoint. Four years ago I lamented the same thing with a PowerPoint presentation being considered a "Product Plan."

Architecture Consultant: "We need a state diagram and a sequence diagram."

Developer: "Here it is."

AC: "That's a Power Point! The arrows don't line up, and there are no dotted connectors!"

Manager: (Manager overrides) "It's great!"

AC: "It actually does not show how anything interrelates, and how it relates to the software components."

Manager: "Well, you had better be able to fix out outage with this."

Yet, all this focus, and meetings have gotten longer, and the elevator pitch is a lost art.

What gives?

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Blogger yanic said...

Yep, people sure do strange things to create their diagrams!

I'd say even Visio is a bad choice for sequence diagrams.

If you're still looking for a better tool, check out the easy to use and smart sequence diagram editor I created.

If you're in a hurry, here's a 30 sec demo of Trace Modeler in action.

Let me know what you think of it, I'm always looking forward to getting feedback!

Best regards,

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