Re: depicting inter-dependent entities

Subject: Re: depicting inter-dependent entities
From: Dossy Shiobara <dossy -at- panoptic -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2011 15:48:37 -0400

I don't have an answer for you "in general" but for the specific task you describe, I'd recommend using an engineering chart. A good example is Michael Chu's "Cooking for Engineers" recipe format:

You can visually show dependencies (from left to right) and relative timing of steps in the process workflow (top to bottom). Creating such a diagram can be done simply in Excel using appropriate use of cell widths, heights, and borders.

On 5/25/11 2:17 PM, McLauchlan, Kevin wrote:

What's the best way to depict the interactions among six or eight different things?

For example, say I have some devices that connect to each other (some locally, and some over the internet), and some-or-all might be involved in a given customer scenario, and there are several timeout values involved. I can spew out a whole bunch of words to the effect that this timeout (defaulting to this duration) must be longer than that one, but the combination of the two must be shorter than this other one, which you would lengthen in this situation, but shorten in that situation, and meanwhile there's this other timeout that comes into play in these specific situations and supersedes the first one... except for... aaargh!

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