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Table of Contents:


1   Introduction
2   FROM THE AUTHOR
3   OBJECTIVES
4   BASIC POINTS OF REFERENCE
5   KNOWLEDGE IS…
6   ARMED AND READY
7   TOOLS OF THOUGHT
8   DEFINITIONS
9   INTRODUCTION TO THE PRINCIPLE CONCEPTS:
10  UNDERSTANDING - A POWER OF ITS OWN
11  INFORMATION
12  ANALYSIS
13  SPECIFIC INFORMATION
14  RELATIVE INFORMATION
15  TIMELY INFORMATION
16  DATA RICH - INFORMATION POOR
17  INFORMATION ENGINEERING
18  MODELING
19  STRATEGIC INFORMATION
20  DECISION SUPPORT
21  EXPERT SYSTEMS
22  INDICATORS
23  PUTTING IT TO WORK
24  T E K R A M:  AN INTRODUCTION
25  SITUATION / INFORMATION ANALYSIS
26  The TEKRAM Formula...
27  PROBLEM CITY - A MARKET FOR SOLUTIONS
28  IN THE BEGINNING...TOOLS
29  THE MOST VALUABLE OF ALL...TIME
30  THE POWER TO DO...ENERGY
31  MIND POWER...KNOWLEDGE
32  STUFF...RAW MATERIALS
33  THE MEETING
34  THE NEXT MORNING
35  A BIT OF ANALYSIS...
36  ENDING STATEMENT


EXPERT SYSTEMS


" Let's consult an expert... "


Expert systems have many uses but the primary objective is to lead you to the right answer based on the expertise programmed into the system. The more detailed the information and the more detailed the questions, the more likely the answers will be correct.

It is usually a menu driven system with sets of questions that lead you to the right information. 
     
These systems are used for situations like oil drilling, medical diagnosis, high tech sales selection but can be applied to just about anything.

They help a person find a answer based on the latest available information or let the person know that there isn't any information yet available on the particular subject, goal or problem being pursued.

Another use of expert systems is the training of personnel using a system that has been put together with the latest facts and information available on a particular subject.  In the walking human world, an expert system is commonly referred to as a consultant. (An important thing to note here is the value of a consultant, based on the consultant's knowledge)

An expert system does the same thing in automated form.

The largest part of an expert system is usually the database from which it works.  It finds and winds itself through different categories and sub-categories based on the answers from the questions it asks.  More than one system may be combined with a database containing information from more than one expert in a related set of fields.

A more advanced form of expert systems (and decision support systems) draws conclusions by 'inference'.  This is an answer that is inferred based on a set of facts that are presented to the system but, like many information systems, it is only as good as the information in the database used or the information being presented by the user.
" Armed and Ready " the Art and Science of Using Information
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" It's All About M.E. "  Maximum Efficiency Capitalism The Profit Motive and You!
Table of Contents
Introduction:
Section I : Fundamentals
Chapter 1: Alpha to Omega… Omega to Capitalism…
Chapter 2: Systems of Efficiency
Chapter 3: PROFIT / Fundamentals
Chapter 4: More on the Profit Motive
Chapter 5: The Bounty of the Universe
Chapter 6: The Ideal vs What is Real
SECTION II – Momentum / Putting It to Work
Chapter 1: Introduction to the Basics…
Chapter 2 : Fundamental Accounts and Objectives.
Chapter 3: Craftsmanship and the Profit Motive
Chapter 4 : Longitude and Latitude...
Chapter 5: Desired Results
Chapter 6: You and Your Situation
Chapter 7: A Review of Wealth Principles
Chapter 8 : Investing in yourself / Your Profit Making Center
Chapter 9: Common Ground and the Field of Play
Chapter 10:  The Real World

Introduction:

“Now that I am here, what do I do???”

Get to work…
to make your situation…
and the situation of those you care about, better!

Overall – our goal is to logically combine and review the principles of capitalism, maximum efficiency and the profit motive and show how they are used in society and then relate them directly to you and show you how to use these principles to your advantage, in your daily financial life. 

We will work our way down to you, ( and me…) at the grass roots level. ( Keeping it simple…) We will also provide a plan that you can use, as a framework to get started as soon as possible.

It explains the proper motives and shows you how to fundamentally:
 
1.Reduce expenses,
2.Eliminate debt
3.Increase capitol
4.Increase Investment

- through the principles of

1.Capitalism
2.Maximum efficiency
3.Profit Motive
4.Situational Analysis
5.Understanding and a raised level of Awareness
6.Good Judgement
7.Effective Action


You are the source of financial stability through your initiative, your analysis, your understanding, your conclusions, your decisions, your actions and your true desire to accomplish this.  How you apply what you learn and where you go from here, is up to you!

Let’s get started!
" Exercise Your Assets " -- A handbook on How to Improve Your Personal Performance in Life and Increase Your Odds for Success...
Table of Contents

Intro : Hello! and Welcome to Earth…

1.    God Gave Ya' a Brain - Use it !
2.   What is an asset?
3.    Personal Assets
4.    What did you bring to the party?
5.    Exercising your assets
6.    What is a liability?
7.    What is a personal liability?
8.    What is a resource?  The Basics:
9.    Welcome to the Earth
10.  Now that I'm here... What do I do?
11.  Your number one resource:
12.  Your Primary assets:
13.  Exercise Your Assets --
14.  TEKRAM - the main resource formula
15.   Investments - a short course
16.   Where do I start?
17.   How do I reach my goals?
18.   Take a break
19.   Cosmic Correlation
20.   The P's - Pursue your Interest
21.   A worldly view
22.   Last Words -- Seek Understanding

APPENDIX:

A.   Useful Links
B.   Info Formulas
C.  Twelve Basic Tools
          (On the next page)
D.   Traditional Assets
E:   Personal Assets: ( we have covered most of these -- add to the list )
F:   Ask yourself these questions:
G:   Exercise your newly realized assets
      That’s a Wrap!


5. Exercising your assets

Let's Review --

How well did you perform today? Though you are not an actor on a stage,  you are very likely performing a role in society - at work, as a student, as a homemaker, manager… in other words, unless you are retired, or living a life of leisure, you are playing an active role on your stage of life.  Now that you know that, take a moment to focus on your performance, either today, or for tomorrow, and realize that you can actively improve that performance, aided with the knowledge in this handbook. 

It is important to note, that we normally play more roles than one, and it is important to review all the roles you play, in your daily routine.  That could involve your work (a producer/convertor), your getting to work (commuter) , the results you produce at work ( convertor) , your interaction with people (socialization) , your role as either a leader (manager) or worker, getting home (commuter) , stopping at the grocery store ( consumer), being with your wife or husband (partner/companion), your children (mother/father), friends (comradeship)  or relatives (relative).

It's no wonder at times, that we get so stretched out! 

At work -- it is important to realize that it's your performance as well as your reputation that is reviewed and scrutinized.  Whatever your role, take an active part in performing better, using your new found assets and tools and resources.

And… make sure you find a way to record your results.  There is no harm whatsoever in making sure you get credit for your performance and the contributions you make.

In each situation, we have a different stage on which to perform.  Question is, is it the stage you want to be on?  And -- if not, can you change it?

Master your Craft --

No matter what you decide to do in life, part of your objective(s) is to master your craft.  That means going from Knowledge --> Experience --> Skill ------> into talent.  This is most true for whatever you choose as a career.  It is also true for any creative craft that you want to exercise and pick up.  Since you only have so much time, you must choose what you are going to do, and then to what extent, and... to what level.   At that point, you should know when, and what, and how much to 'exercise' you assets in any given area.  Note that it is important to not only do what you need to do to make a living, but make sure you put aside time for those things that you enjoy as well. 

Test Mode

In the data processing field, we setup and run programs.  One of the first objectives is to get the code into test mode.  That allows us to test the big pieces and then start to narrow down and solve the problems until we have the system tested and fine tuned.  The point is, you can do the same.  Get yourself into 'test' mode and then start refining yourself and your life until it's a lot closer to where you want it to be.  Start debugging until your program is running smooth as can be...  The secret of champions... nuff said.

Now on the opposite of an asset... liabilities!  

Table of Contents

1   Introduction               

Chapter 1 - Some Basics

  Pace Yourself                 
  Take It Easy on Yourself
  Time is Money
  Visualize the Results You Seek
  Pursue Your Interest With All Your Heart and Help Others Do the Same
  Take It One Step at a Time
  Develop a Sense of Adventure
  Health, Wealth, Wisdom and Joy
  You are always working for Yourself
  Mind Your Business and Mind It Well
  Take Intelligent Advantage of Every Opportunity
  Find and Develop Your Potential
  Work for known results
  Learn to listen
  Have the Courage to Fail and the Courage to be Criticized
  Learn to work... effectively
  Find People You Can Trust
  Don’t Baby-sit People
  Be Dynamic  -  Avoid Petty Like the Plague
  Incorporate that Which Helps You / Eliminate that Which Hinders You
  Recognize and Learn from Adversity16
  It’s the Things You Do That You Don’t Have to Do That Make All the Difference

Chapter 2 - Tools

  Tool Sets - Things You Can Use
  Tool Set # 1
  Tool Set # 2
  A Complete Tool Set
  Tools...

Chapter 2 - Writings

  The wit and wisdom of Michael M. Hall

Part IV

  Wrap Up  -  Always Seek the Perfect Wave


Introduction

Making Sense of it all...

My Goal is to show you and to share with you, a set of principles and philosophies that I use on a daily basis to get through life as well as some experiences.  I am betting that you can use some of these to make your life easier and to add to your ability to enhance and enrich your life.  The overall goal and title of “ Always Seek the Perfect Wave ” is the embodiment of all of these philosophies combined.

Much of what you read you have probably already thought about within your lifetime.  You just haven’t taken the time to format what you were thinking and write it down.

It is common sense to take a method and try it.  If it fails, admit it frankly and try another.  But above all, try something!

I grew up in a time of free thinkers and writers, artists and musicians.  Though influenced by this to some degree (I think you will be able to tell...) I have been writing all my life and luckily have had the time to capture a variety of these ‘original’ thoughts. They are now here in black and white for your review. 

I have no doubt that you will see some of your philosophies and beliefs in the next few pages and I hope that you agree with and can use some of them. I also realize that you may not agree with some of them and I hope you will take that moment to redefine or come up with a similar principle or characteristic of your own that fits you.

As far as the title goes, I dedicated fifteen years of my life to surfing.  I spent nine of those years in Hawaii, on or near the North Shore, living out a dream.  Even though I don’t get to the ocean as much, the philosophy remains the same.  I realized later in life that I was doing something I loved and realized that it boiled down to searching for that perfect ride which of course, involves the perfect wave.  That only happens when ‘everything’ is perfect. 

Even though that kind of situation is very rare, this philosophy gives me a major point of reference and a guidepost to try and live a bit more dynamically than usual and I use it every day.



Let’s Get Started...

 
Part I - Some Basics

Pace Yourself

Determine what pace is correct for you.  Too slow and you will get frustrated; too fast and you get stressed.  Develop a pattern that others recognize and expect and respect.  Of course you may have to speed up if there’s danger and  definitely slow down in order to relax.
Take It Easy on Yourself

Life can be tough.  Yea, a lot of stuff is already figured out but sometimes life can flat get you down.  So, there’s no reason to put a lot of stress and weight on yourself.  Simply put - take it easy on yourself because life is tough enough as it is.
Time is Money

It is the only thing that we truly have to spend.  Everything else is trading and business and economics, etc...  Think about it.  The way in which you use your time, determines how you live.  Don’t waste it. You can never get any of it back.


Visualize the Results You Seek

One of the greatest wealths a person can have is the ability to turn abstract thought into reality...

Are you a bit too laid back or a bit too casual?  Are you out at sea with your sails fluffing in the wind?  Or - do you know exactly where you’re headed?

Grab the tiller! Chart your course! How will you reach your destination if you don’t know what it is? Otherwise, you’re just going with the flow. 

Dream...  Don’t be afraid... visualize what you want... at some time, during the day, everyday and use it as the ultimate goal and achievement for your lifetime.  Where to you want to be a year from now?

" Seek the Perfect Wave  " Philosophies You Can Live With
Table of Contents

1    Goals and Objectives
2    Conceptions/Assumptions/Awareness
3    SCHEDULING
4    Sample Schedule
5    STRATEGY AND THE SEQUENCE OF EVENTS
6    PROBLEM 1
7    PROBLEM 2
8    PROBLEM 3
9    PROBLEM 4
10  PROBLEM  5
11  PROBLEM  6
12  PROBLEM  7
13  PROBLEM  8
14  PROBLEM  9
15  PROBLEM  10
16  PROBLEM  11
17  PROBLEM  12
18  PROBLEM  13



Basic Premise:

Following the commitment made by all parties...

It is more important to adhere to the schedule than to the dates.  It is more important to monitor the progress of the project against the sequence of events than the dates involved in reaching those sequence of events.  The reason for this is that if the concentration is in the right place, the group will arrive much quicker anyway!

So... the schedule must be used to concentrate on events, not dates.

Ideally, the schedule must be setup by experienced software development personnel.  If not, a few good books on the subject or professional consulting is advisable.  The schedule will only be as good as the thought process that is used to put it together.  This is a critical area because only then can we be sure that all the events will be covered.   

The setup of the schedule must be agreed upon before issuing it to the development team.  Then let the development management team review it. This is to make sure that all the elements are included both from a management and development perspective.

Make whatever changes are necessary, get agreement and then issue the schedule when all the managers feel comfortable with it.

As members of the development teams are assigned into the group, review the schedule with each new member and map out that member's area of responsibility. 

It is recommended that the schedule be posted on a wall in a common area to give everyone an idea of the scope and planning of the project as well a graphic representation of who will be doing what.  This in itself may generate ideas that will save time and help identify possible bottlenecks or software development trouble spots.

In the next few pages, we include a sample schedule.  You are invited to review the steps for ideas and elements that could help in the control of your own development (or maintenance) projects.

Using the sample schedule as a guide, create your own schedules for whatever software project you may have in mind or may want to propose.

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" Common Sense Software Development " A common sense, as soon as possible, approach to developing quality software systems.