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The One-Minute Methodology

by Ken Orr

ISBN: 978-0-932633-17-0  
©1990  66 pages   softcover  
$12.95 (plus shipping)

Subject(s): Software Industry

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Hilarious Novella About a
Young Analyst with Only a Minute to Spare

About the Book

Once upon a time there was a young systems analyst who was looking for an effective systems methodology. . . .

So begins Ken Orr's satire of a nameless protagonist on a Faustian quest.

What he finds is the ultimate methodology for those who want to make their managers happy without actually giving them anything. Based on such concepts as total data independence (the output has nothing to do with the input), and the one minute life cycle, The One Minute Methodology is perfect for those who are willing to try the impossible—in only one minute!

With tongue in cheek, the author lampoons the current sad state of software development. "Everything today is speed, speed, speed," he writes. "Our executives . . . want everything now and to be told that getting information is going to take time is just unacceptable. I simply had to come up with a better method."

Take a minute now for this hilarious look at the lunacy of companies racing to become the next McDonald's of management information systems. This book will change forever your view of systems development.


". . . the lesson offered by Orr is so clearly needed that we await the Bob Dylan song with some anticipation."

—John L. Berg
Standards and Interfaces

"Absolutely hysterically funny. Buy this book. Really."

Elisabeth Hendrickson,
Quality Tree Consulting

"Although Ken Orr uses a 'tongue in cheek' approach, the ideas he discusses are dead serious."

 —Jim Van Speybroeck
Data Processing Digest

"Written before the dot-bomb craze struck, this book certainly is a sound predictor of the consequences of a do-it-quick mentality.

". . . the author shows his knowledge in describing the right way to build IT solutions.

"This book contains a simple, yet effective fable for success."

Charles Ashbacher
Charles Ashbacher Technologies
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