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The Difference Between IT Success and Project Success

6 hours 49 min ago
The recent well publicized problems with the Health Care web site, to support the Affordable Care Act (ACA), when it was launched in late October drove home a very important point to me: There is a fundamental difference between the success of a project (business or government initiative) as whole and the performance of the […]

The Difference Between IT Success and Project Success is a post from: http://requirements.seilevel.com/blog

Categories: Requirements

Arsonists in a Field of Straw Men: Elicitation from a Blank Slate

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:33
On a recent project, I was sitting in a room full of subject matter experts (SMEs), trying to document a business process using the trusty Process Flow model, when trouble struck. Before the meeting, the team was “lucky” enough to discover process flows for the very process we were focusing on; the only issue was […]

Arsonists in a Field of Straw Men: Elicitation from a Blank Slate is a post from: http://requirements.seilevel.com/blog

Categories: Requirements

Perils and Pitfalls of Conference Calls

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:32
One of the challenges of gathering requirements in a world of packed schedules and remote stakeholders is the ubiquitous conference call. What I find most challenging is the inability to read facial cues or body language. When discussing stakeholder needs over the phone, what they say may not be entirely what they mean. Stakeholders may […]

Perils and Pitfalls of Conference Calls is a post from: http://requirements.seilevel.com/blog

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How to start your own requirements company – Part I

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:30
In 2000, I worked for a .com during the .com boom. I left my safe, secure job with Schlumberger, the biggest oil services company at the time, to try to make my fortune in the wild wild west of internet companies. After my new company went public, the stock price kept climbing and I was […]

How to start your own requirements company – Part I is a post from: http://requirements.seilevel.com/blog

Categories: Requirements

Requirements Management Tool Review – Blueprint

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:48
One of the perks of working for a consulting company is that we get to work with a variety of tools and resources depending on the needs/desires of our clients. I have been working on a project to select a requirements management tool for one of our clients. For the project itself, we are using […]

Requirements Management Tool Review – Blueprint is a post from: http://requirements.seilevel.com/blog

Categories: Requirements

Unspoken Assumptions

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:34
Fundamentally, assumptions are facts that we tentatively decide to accept as true so we can continue to make progress, even though we know those assumptions might end up being wrong. Assume standard temperature and pressure, or assume a frictionless plane, or assume a spherical cow. Rather than measuring exact temperatures and pressures, or coefficients of […]

Unspoken Assumptions is a post from: http://requirements.seilevel.com/blog

Categories: Requirements

Using Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and Features in Project Success Measurements

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 12:27
As I pointed out in a prior post on project success measurements, overall project success and the success of the related IT development effort can be mutually exclusive of each other.  A business can achieve the objectives for a certain initiative regardless of whether the related IT effort succeeds or not.  Similarly, an IT initiative […]

Using Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and Features in Project Success Measurements is a post from: http://requirements.seilevel.com/blog

Categories: Requirements

Business Analyst Tip: CIOs are People, Too

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 12:38
Like most of us, I’m working in an environment where there is too much to do and not enough people to do it. We recently received a request for a new project which didn’t make sense to me—it would only be used short-term and the need met by the project was already satisfied. So, I […]

Business Analyst Tip: CIOs are People, Too is a post from: http://requirements.seilevel.com/blog

Categories: Requirements

Welcoming Changing Requirements

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 12:35
The Agile Manifesto is based on twelve principles (I’ve highlighted a couple – 2 and 12 – that are of the most interest for this post): Customer satisfaction by rapid delivery of useful software Welcome changing requirements, even late in development Working software is delivered frequently (weeks rather than months) Working software is the principal […]

Welcoming Changing Requirements is a post from: http://requirements.seilevel.com/blog

Categories: Requirements

Requirements for Business Analytics follow-on with more ideas

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:28
I recently gave a webinar on Requirements for Analytics Projects and had a few interesting questions come up during it. I thought I’d share some of the Q&A here, since we didn’t get to cover them all in the webinar. You can listen to the webinar here. Here are some of the questions and answers. […]

Requirements for Business Analytics follow-on with more ideas is a post from: http://requirements.seilevel.com/blog

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2-Minute Models Part II: Decision Tables Video

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:45
This is the second part of a two-part video, describing how to use and create the Decision Table model. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1Yx1wO07XQ&feature=c4-overview&list=UUkQ_qa34JnQPDjwIPx0HxxA 2-Minute Models Part II: Decision Tables Video is a post from: http://requirements.seilevel.com/blog

2-Minute Models Part II: Decision Tables Video is a post from: http://requirements.seilevel.com/blog

Categories: Requirements

The Anatomy of a User Story

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 12:36
User stories, a requirements format utilized in Agile software development, are typically formatted with the following template: As a (type of user), I want (some goal), so that (some reason). This template can be modified to suit a project’s need. In this post, we’ll show how user stories themselves can be broken down into tables […]

The Anatomy of a User Story is a post from: http://requirements.seilevel.com/blog

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Once upon a time, there was a Business Analyst who wished she could write software programs…

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 12:31
When I was in first grade, my class participated in a financial education program. We learned about banks, saving money, credit cards, and how to write checks. I have always remembered this experience and thought it was absurd that they taught these things to 6 year olds, but I have always remembered it. I know […]

Once upon a time, there was a Business Analyst who wished she could write software programs… is a post from: http://requirements.seilevel.com/blog

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Requirements Elicitation Technique – Tools of the Trade

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 14:23
As a BA, I’m always looking for tools that can help me with my job…anything to make my life just a bit easier!  I’m always curious about the latest requirement management tools that come out, and I love to play with new diagraming tools! But sometimes, it’s the low tech tools that can provide the […]

Requirements Elicitation Technique – Tools of the Trade is a post from: http://requirements.seilevel.com/blog

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2-Minute Models Part I: Decision Trees Video

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 13:24
I’m a big fan of visual models. So much so that I decided to make a visual representation of discussing decision tree models (instead of typing up a wordy blog post). Hope you enjoy!     My Part II video for 2-Minute Models will cover decision tables. Be on the look out for that post […]

2-Minute Models Part I: Decision Trees Video is a post from: http://requirements.seilevel.com/blog

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What is a good product manager?

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:38
Before re-focusing my career from product management at a venture-backed startup to product management consulting, I lacked a real appreciation for the true breadth, that is (what I now consider) the heart, of product management. I assumed that product management roles are only relevant and impactful at product-driven companies, where revenue is generated via actual […]

What is a good product manager? is a post from: http://requirements.seilevel.com/blog

Categories: Requirements

When Features Attack!

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 12:27
As the saying goes, “necessity is the mother of invention”, Seilevel’s 10+ year mission to “redefine the way software requirements are created,” was no accident either. While vague, incomplete or incorrect requirements are issues we face every day, the more vexing, expensive, and ever-expanding problem we face is how to battle unnecessary features. It’s surprisingly […]

When Features Attack! is a post from: http://requirements.seilevel.com/blog

Categories: Requirements

Using Revenue Properly to Measure Project Success

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 12:38
Objective measures are needed to determine the success and failure of commercial software development efforts. The feedback for companies that sell software as a product or as service is immediate and determined by the marketplace – they either have revenue or they do not. However, for software developed to use internally by companies, there is […]

Using Revenue Properly to Measure Project Success is a post from: http://requirements.seilevel.com/blog

Categories: Requirements

Writing Requirements for Human Beings

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 12:40
On a painfully cold night in February, not long ago, I rounded up several friends and headed down to a slightly moldy church basement on R Street. The plan was to prepare a meal for a nearby women’s shelter. Our enthusiasm ran high; our skill and organization, perhaps not quite as high. Fortunately at least […]

Writing Requirements for Human Beings is a post from: http://requirements.seilevel.com/blog

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Shovel Ready Requirements

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 12:31
I’ve seen a number of projects that follow a path something like this — gather requirements (there are a bunch of steps in here), do some pruning, flesh out requirements, do some more pruning, mark the requirements importance in some fashion (such as low/medium/high), get the document approved, and say “GO!”.  Once the GO is […]

Shovel Ready Requirements is a post from: http://requirements.seilevel.com/blog

Categories: Requirements