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Here's a User-Centrica approach to Database Design based on Extreme Programming (this takes you off our Site).
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Extreme Programming is a (very) rapid approach to systems development, based on small steps with collaboration where the Users play a vital part in directing evolutionary development.
The approach described on this page is a User-Centric approach.
Here is a typical series of Steps :-
1 Define the User Scenarios This ensures User participation and commitment.
2 Define the Steps in each Scenario Clarify the User Interaction.
3 Derive the Data Model. Use a Modelling Tool, such as Data Architect or ERWin to generate SQL.
4 Relate Data Entities to each Step. Create Cross-reference matrix to check results.
5 Identify Transactions for each Entity Confirm that each Entity has Transactions to load and read Data
6 Prepare sample Data In collaboration with the Users.
7 Prepare Test Scripts Agree sign-off with the Users.
8 Define a Load Sequence Reference Data, basics such as Products, any existing Users or Customers,etc..
9 Run the Test Scripts Get User Sign-off to record progress.

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