Posted Sep 15, 2006 18:06 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata
In reply to: barbaric grammar
Parent article: KHB: Dynamic Instrumentation of Production Systems (a.k.a. DTrace)
I'm not even sure it's the right word. It looks like one of those naive management neologisms designed to make you think something that's been around forever is new. Lots of verbed words originate that way. From context, I believe the simpler, older term "diagnose" is what the article means.
The reason I suspect management is that the main difference between a root cause and just a cause is that the root cause helps you figure out where you can change a process to stop similar problems from happening in the future. Just for engineering, a more proximate cause is usually sufficient.
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