Probing behind the Lines; Better Specs from What Wasn't Said

Monthly SeaSPIN Meeting

July 2, 2013

Free and Open to the Software Engineering & IT Community

Vertafore, 11724 Northeast 195th Street, Bothell, WA 98011

Food & networking from 5:45 to 6:15 (pizza, salad, soda )
Announcements from 6:15 to 6:30
Presentation from 6:30 to 7:45
Q & A from 7:45 to 8:15
Doors close at 8:30

Probing behind the Lines; Better Specs from What Wasn't Said 
by Patrick McMonagle

Identify the weak points in your project by using techniques from these books:

  • Spy the Lie written by 3 ex-CIA interrogators
  • What Every Body is Saying by an ex-FBI interrogator

The lesson of both books is detection of stress displayed when someone lies.
In our business a lie is not as important as it is to the men in black.  I know that anyone who claims to fully understand system specifications or believe completely in the project schedule is simply trying to express support for my team.  But the signs of stress can help you detect coming problems.  When asked questions structured as "Spy the Lie" suggests, a person uncomfortable with the question will exhibit signs of stress.  If you identify the stress and use it to guide further questions, you identify and address project issues proactively.


Speaker Bio

Patrick McMonagle is a long time IT consultant with an honestly earned white beard.  When relatively clueless about body language and long before either book was written, Pat identified stress sufficient to persuade him to resign rather that participate in two different stress filled IT efforts.  One later created software designed by a stakeholder, with the hidden intent of conceiling massive theft.  The other eventually resulted in insurance fraud charges against the company owner, who fled the country to avoid prosecution.