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How to form a team to develop your mobile app

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

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

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

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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Email Effectiveness–Write Good Subject Lines

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 17:00
Email is a significant part of my business life, and probably yours as well. I really appreciate a well-written email. And, I’m frequently frustrated by a poorly written one. Janelle Estes’ recent post, Email Subject Lines: 5 Tips to Attract Readers is written with newsletters in mind, but I think most of the points generalize […]
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Stop Being Difficult! How to Deal with Passive Aggressive Stakeholders

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 17:00
Talking to a stakeholder, you hear “Sure. Ok.” but you sense that wasn’t what the stakeholder was thinking. That’s because you are probably dealing with a difficult stakeholder — one who likely doesn’t even mean to be one. We’ve all run into them (and some of us have been the difficult ones!). “Difficult” can look […]
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Training – Lessons Learned from Training a Group of Indian Analysts

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 17:00
I recently trained a couple of groups of analysts in India on Seilevel methodology. This was the first time we had done training in an Indian setting and honestly, I have to confess to being more than a bit apprehensive when I set out. My fears, set out in no particular order of importance, included: […]
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Training – Lessons Learned from Training a Group of Indian Analysts

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 17:00
I recently trained a couple of groups of analysts in India on Seilevel methodology. This was the first time we had done training in an Indian setting and honestly, I have to confess to being more than a bit apprehensive when I set out. My fears, set out in no particular order of importance, included: […]
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Let’s Have a Difficult Conversation

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 17:00
No one wants to have a conversation that is going to be uncomfortable, potentially make himself seem difficult to work with, or put pressure on either party in the conversation, but sometimes it’s just unavoidable. Or is it? I have been witness to several projects lately that grossly underestimated the workload going in. This is […]
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Product Ownership

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 17:00
When a company decides, for whatever reason, that Agile is the right idea for them and they are going to go all out to switch over to Scrum as a methodology, the person they usually look to as taking on the new Product Owner roles (POs) are the existing Product Managers (PdMs). This makes all […]
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Tips for Newbie Business Analysts – Part II

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 17:00
You have become a model-making machine, an expert in elicitation sessions, and a proficient PowerPointer. You communicate early and often with your project team members, and you’ve read Betsy Stockdale’s blog post on Professionalism 101. It might seem as though you’re ready to take the leap and start owning areas of a project by yourself. […]
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The 5 worst mistakes people make with requirements

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 17:00
By: Ulf Eriksson Working with requirements is a serious responsibility. The people behind them are those that provide the rest of the team with something to develop and something to test. After the initial briefing and discussion about a new project, they effectively kick-start the process that will eventually result in a finished product. In […]
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Volunteer Power

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 17:00
Generally, when someone asks for project involvement or even shows a high amount of interest, I’ll find a way to include that person to the extent possible. It can sometimes make meetings more complicated, especially when you have to provide background information in order to ‘loop in’ the new person, but often a new perspective, […]
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Welcome to The Situation Room

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 17:00
The Seilevel World Headquarters in Austin has workstations scattered throughout about 10 different offices (rooms, not separate locations) and about 7 conference rooms with marker boards, large tables, conference phones, and projectors. We are a consulting firm; so we aren’t all always in our office. Those of us who travel to client sites don’t have […]
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What Models Should be Used to Create Requirements in an Agile Project?

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 17:00
This is a question that came up repeatedly in the classes I have taught these past few months.  My answer is always the same – “any and all models that are needed to define the problem space and derive the requirements.”  The reaction to this is almost always identical – “but I thought we ONLY […]
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PMI Professional in Business Analysis

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 17:00
PMI is offering a new certification, and this one is aimed at business analysts. Called the PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA), PMI is recognizing the growth of business analysts in the industry, as well as the role that BAs play. Intrigued, I decided to look more into it, as I’m still a few hours […]
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Data Flow Diagram (DFD) Tutorial: Texas Hold ‘Em

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 17:11
The data flow diagram is a useful, low-level data model that can show how data is transformed and manipulated through processes. This model does NOT show decisions, nor does it show a sequence of processes. This tutorial will take a commonly understood real-world scenario, a round of Texas Hold ‘Em, and provide step-by-step instructions for […]
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2 minute models: A walk through the Feature Tree Model

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 19:41
Please join me for a quick walk through of our Feature Tree Model. This video only scratches the surface of how valuable this model really is, and how it can be used for a variety of projects. Please feel free to make suggestions and ask questions in the comments section, and I will address them […]
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The Robotic Jockey

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:18
In the March 1945 issue of “Radio-Craft”, a bold vision was laid out for the future of horse racing: human jockeys should be replaced by motorized, radio-controlled “Robotic Jockeys”.   Taken from the same article, the author describes how these new jockeys would work: “The “jockey” would consist of a modern radio receiver, with outputs […]
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Don’t Begin UAT Until…

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:20
As projects run long and budgets get tight, the first thing that gets squeezed is testing. Even with the best of intentions, the planning, design, and development phases often go longer than expected. In order to meet that precious target rollout date, testing can get rushed. However, it is really important that testing is done […]
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