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Mastering Data Modeling: A User-Driven Approach by John Carlis

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Chapter 19. Local, Anytime Steps of Controlled Evolution

Users do not care about The Flow. It doesn’t matter to them that you are following a script. What’s important to users are the consequences of The Flow—that you always seem to know what question to ask, that you keep the data-modeling meeting moving forward, and that you ask specific, direct questions that help the users maintain their focus.

The Flow is important because it is important to you; it helps you remember some of the many questions you need to ask users. By learning The Flow, you prepare yourself for data-modeling meetings, which can be nerve-wracking (if you’re not confident of your data-modeling skill), confusing (if you don’t know how to encourage the users to be explicit ...

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