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Intellectual Honesty

Software Requirements Blog - - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 17:00
During a recent discussion in the office, the term “intellectual honesty” was bandied about. At Seilevel, intellectual honesty is part of our stated core values, but it’s a term that’s easily misunderstood and misused. Feeling that I needed to understand better what this term really means, I hit the search engines hard. I also, as I […]
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Quote of the Month October 2014

From the Editor of Methods & Tools - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:48
Minimalism also applies in software. The less code you write, the less you have to maintain. The less you maintain, the less you have to understand. The less you have to understand, the less chance of making a mistake. Less code leads to fewer bugs. Source: “Quality Code: Software Testing Principles, Practices, and Patterns”, Stephen Vance, Addison-Wesley

Big data and analytics – Interesting tidbits for business analysts and product managers

Software Requirements Blog - - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 20:12
I’m at Strata+Hadoop World today as a first timer as part of the data driven business day tutorial. I got to present in the middle of it on requirements analytics. But this whole day is awesome, like a crash course in big data and kinds of results it can get you. The schedule is here […]
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The Business Analyst and The Agile Team

Software Requirements Blog - - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 17:00
The Agile Extension to the BABOK® Guide is well worth the read, and I’d encourage any business analyst heading into an Agile project to take the time to give it serious consideration. The section entitled “What makes a BA Successful on an Agile Team” starts off with this paragraph: The very nature of agile approaches […]
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Waterfall and Agile- An Engineer’s Perspective

Software Requirements Blog - - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 17:00
Last time I talked about validation and verification and how they apply to both software requirements and engineering. Today, I’d like to cover another topic we talk about in our training and how it relates to engineering; software development lifecycles (SDLC) for Waterfall and Agile. Again, to begin, I’d like to start with the definition […]
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Unexciting Thresholds

Software Requirements Blog - - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 17:00
Kano analysis, named for Professor Noriaki Kano, is helpful for figuring out what features will have the greatest sway on customer satisfaction. The approach uses five categories for considering satisfaction: Exciters (or Delighters), Performance, Threshold, Indifferent, and Reversed (or Questionable). These categories have been translated into English using various names, so you might see Kano […]
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Validation and Verification- An Engineer’s Perspective

Software Requirements Blog - - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 17:00
I recently began teaching our training courses here at Seilevel and one of the topics we cover is validation and verification. In the training, we ask the students to brainstorm what validation and verification are and how they apply to software requirements. Surprisingly, to me at least, there are many people who think these are […]
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Just Enough

Software Requirements Blog - - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 17:00
One concept you’ll hear tossed about in an Agile discussion is that of “just enough.” You want just enough documentation, just enough development and testing, just enough time for meetings, just enough grooming, and so on. The idea is that doing more than is needed means you have throwaway work when you need to make […]
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Is Agile Dead or Can Good Software Development Scale?

From the Editor of Methods & Tools - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:23
As Agile becomes widely accepted as a software development approach, many large organizations have adopted it, mainly in its Scrum form to reduce development cycle. There might be even a fair share of adopters that are trying really to apply Agile values. If the topic of scaling Agile has been discussed for many years and you can read the excellent books of Graig Larman and Bas Vodde on this topic. We have also recently seen the emergence of proprietary” approaches, like SAFE, to achieve this goal. At the same time, ...

Empower Business Analysts to Turn Them Into Product Managers

Software Requirements Blog - - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 17:00
The Business Analyst role in most organizations I have worked with is passive and reactive by design.  Analysts are given a feature description and tasked with defining the requirements for the same.  The analyst then goes off to perform a set of activities and tasks like elicitation, model creation and requirements definition.  Eventually, they create […]
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Software Development Conferences Forecast September 2014

From the Editor of Methods & Tools - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 09:56
Here is a list of software development related conferences and events on Agile ( Scrum, Lean, Kanban) software testing and software quality, programming (Java, .NET, JavaScript, Ruby, Python, PHP) and databases (NoSQL, MySQL, etc.) that will take place in the coming weeks and that have media partnerships with the Methods & Tools software development magazine. Future of Web Apps, September 29-October 1 2014, London, UK STARWEST, October 12-17 2014, Anaheim, USA Register and save up with code SW14MT JAX London, October 13-15 2014, London, UK Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference, October 20-22 2014, Portland, USA Agile ...

Games and Business Objectives

Software Requirements Blog - - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 17:00
A few months ago, one of my co-workers introduced a group of us here at Seilevel to a game called Cookie Clicker. The way the game works is that you can “bake” cookies by clicking on a giant picture of a cookie on the screen, just like the title says. You can use the cookies […]
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Coding Dojos, Agile Metrics and Specifications in Methods & Tools Fall 2014 issue

From the Editor of Methods & Tools - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 13:45
Methods & Tools – the free e-magazine for software developers, testers and project managers – has just published its Fall 2014 issue that discusses better coding with Coding Dojos, Lean Agile metrics, the difference between requirements and specifications, software testing, java code conventions and project management open source tools. Methods & Tools Fall 2014 contains the following articles: * The Coding Dojo – a Forum for Improving your Coding Skills * Lean Agile Metrics for Scaled Agile Systems * Something Old, Something New: Requirements and Specifications * CatJS – Testing HTML and JavaScript * Applying Java ...

Making Agile Work

Software Requirements Blog - - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 17:00
I’ve spent the past several months on an Agile project at a company that is going through the process of switching from an entrenched waterfall software development process to Agile. And while I’m still not going to claim to be an Agile guru, I’ve learned a few things from watching the process unfold. Here are […]
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How to form a team to develop your mobile app

Software Requirements Blog - - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:00
If you’re a Product Manager, chances are you have lots of ideas, and your problem may be deciding on which one to execute against. If you’re interested in getting your name more out into the field and keeping your skillset relevant for today’s world, you may have considered making your own mobile app. Once you […]
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Quote of the Month September 2014

From the Editor of Methods & Tools - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 13:36
The important thing is not your process, the important thing is the process for improving your process. Source: Henrik Kniberg,

Managing Stakeholders Expectations- What to do when your SMEs think your project will solve all their problems….

Software Requirements Blog - - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 17:00
There are lots of times that stakeholders have unrealistic expectations and that you, as the product manager/business analyst will have to manage them so that the scope of the project doesn’t balloon out of proportion. In this blog post, however, I am going to speak to a very specific type of stakeholder expectation: that your […]
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Software Development Linkopedia September 2014

From the Editor of Methods & Tools - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 09:36
Here is our monthly selection of interesting knowledge material on programming, software testing and project management.  This month you will find some interesting information and opinions about the software developer condition, scaling Agile, technical debt, behavior-driven development, Agile metrics, UX (user eXperience), NoSQL databases and software design. Blog: The Developer is Dead, Long Live the Developer Blog: Scaling Agile at Gilt Blog: Technical debt 101 Blog: Behaviour Driven Development: Tips for Writing Better Feature Files Article: Acceptance Criteria – Demonstrate Them by Drawing a House Article: Actionable Metrics At Siemens Health Services Article: Adapting Scrum to a ...

Techno-BDDs: What Daft Punk Can Teach Us About Requirements

Software Requirements Blog - - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 17:00
I listen to a lot of Daft Punk lately—especially while I’m running.   On one of my recent runs, my mind’s reflections upon the day’s work merged with my mental impressions of the music blaring from my earbuds, which happened to be the Daft Punk song, “Technologic.”  For those of you unfamiliar with the song, […]
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Improving Time-To-Market and Business-IT Alignment

Software Requirements Blog - - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 11:13
A very common area of focus we hear from organizations is the desire to decrease product Time To Market (TTM) and improve Business-IT Alignment. Projects are either running long or delivering a product that does not match the vision of the business– both resulting in significant increases of resource time and effort, and opportunity cost. There are a number […]
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