Swim Lane Diagrams

Requirements analysis is the first stage in th...
Requirements analysis is the first stage in the systems engineering process and software development process. Systems Engineering Fundamentals Defense Acquisition University Press, 2001 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Stay in your swim lane” is a statement I am sure many of us have heard during the course of conducting operations, during meetings, or even at home when you begin to stray outside of your assigned family duties. Theoretically, a swim lane is a separation of duties performed by several different actors. For example, an airline pilot and co-pilot each have similar, but separate, duties to perform in order to ensure a safe flight for all passengers on board. Similarly, flight attendants have their list of duties they carry out during the course of the flight. You will never see the pilot and co-pilot performing flight attendant duties, and, unless there are real issues, you should not see the attendants piloting the aircraft.

Swim lane diagrams help an audience to visualize processes as they are. They are also helpful in depicting new processes or re-engineering older processes into “To Be” diagrams. Swim lanes are usually displayed in vertical columns or horizontal rows, and are always presented in chronological order. They are an easy way to identify multiple actors and their roles throughout the completion of a business process. They also help to identify inefficiencies and redundancies that may be limiting team productivity. Although it sounds easy, designing a process diagram is a little more difficult than it sounds. The business analyst must question stakeholders about their processes and begin mapping out their design as they discuss it, being careful not to make changes along the way. Once the “As Is” diagram is complete, if necessary, the team can begin creating a “To Be” diagram which can be used to redesign their processes, or for automation within a new application or program. A new column or row is added each time a new actor is identified, but a rule of thumb is to never exceed five rows or columns because the diagram may become too unwieldy. Please contact us if you require assistance with business process re-engineering or requirements analysis for your new project.


Swim Lane flowchart
Swim Lane flowchart (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The Plum Rogers Scholarship for High School Seniors and College Students


To provide scholarships to deserving high school graduating seniors or college students interested in, majoring in, or intending to pursue a degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.


$500 scholarships and individual certificates awarded to students selected by the Team NuGeneration Scholarship Committee.


1. Applicant must have at least a 2.75 GPA and be a U.S. resident.
2. Applicant must be a graduating high school senior in the year of the award or a student enrolled in an accredited college or university.
3. Applicant must be a high school senior or college student with an interest, intent to pursue, or majoring in a degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics at an accredited college or university.
4. Applicant must have demonstrated service to others consistent with volunteer work or offices held.


 1. Completed typed application form (handwritten and/or incomplete applications will not be processed). For this scholarship; all new applicants must write an essay (at least 500 words) describing the STEM career field being pursued and why this field was chosen, or students can detail any acts of volunteerism or community service.
2. Letter of application addressed to the Scholarship Committee (if mailed). The letter should contain a brief explanation of career goals and biographical (background) information. 
3. A high school/college transcript with cumulative grade point average.

Deadline for application is March 1, 2015. Applications postmarked after this date will not be considered. A printable copy of this application can also be found at https://adobeformscentral.com/?f=C7riUxh%2Ab-iNfcO86vjk0A.

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Problems In Project Management and the Lessons Learned Thereafter

The dire certainty is that in the world of project management, things will surely not always go as planned. Positive lessons have been learned and shared with others, to help them avoid the common pitfalls of project management. From experience, many project managers have absorbed that if you are unable to manage projects, then you will struggle to attain success. The key is to effectively deal with them when they arise. Project management is not an easy task and requires thinking rapidly through a project, problem, or topic as necessitated (Schiff, 2012). How project managers successfully deal with the quality, cost, and schedule of their projects will be addressed.

Problems In Project Management and the Lessons Learned Thereafter

 Common project management mistakes and the laborious methods to fix them are often time-consuming and potentially costly for IT executives. With so many projects to manage, and just as much mismanagement, IT executives face the dilemma of IT projects taking much longer than planned and costing significantly more than budgeted even with the use of project management software. Delving into the conception of why good projects go bad, how to avoid common pitfalls, and the lessons learned which are shared by IT executives and project managers, provide impressive tips for avoiding some of the most common and costly project management mistakes. Continue reading Problems In Project Management and the Lessons Learned Thereafter

Scariest Horror Movie Dolls

Around this time of year, movie studios and television networks blast our senses with a deluge of ax murderers, demons, witches, and killer clowns. One thing that most people enjoy is the rush of being frightened while still enjoying the relative safety of our reclining theater seats, comfy couches, or heavily blanketed beds. Besides clowns, one of the scariest genres of scary movie characters is dolls. No sane person likes to think of their favorite little inanimate playmate coming to life to chase them with a knife or even a menacing glare, but who said movie makers were sane? So, from Chucky to Annabelle, here is a brief look at some of the scariest dolls of the movies. See if you can name them.

ChuckyDoll    jigsaw    puppetmaster



annabelle     dead silence dummy    Magic


poltergeist clown    Puppet-Master-2-5    600full-puppet-master-screenshot    The doll from Tales From The Hood, 1995.dolly dearest    pinocchio

Curfew Imposed on Ferguson, One Wounded, Seven Arrested

Third biggest mobile carrier has scored exclusive rights to sell Microsoft’s game console

“Microsoft’s Xbox One will soon gain access to 104 million potential customers courtesy of a deal with mobile carrier China Telecom.” (Source)

Xbox One's June Update Detailed
Xbox One’s June Update Detailed (Photo credit: BagoGames)