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How To Get More of What You Need Faster

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As a business analyst or system developer, do you want to get more of what you need– accurate, complete, testable requirements that meet the customer’s needs–faster?

Like any good business analyst, I often use graphical tools to explore an idea, discover logical relationships, simplify concepts, or present findings.

Consider the following:rapid-jad-2x2

This simple 2-by-2 chart plots speed and accuracy in determining functional requirements for software development.  Both are desirable goals.

It’s obvious: avoid quadrants 1-3.  Ever been there?  These are not happy places for any project.

Quadrant 4 is everyone’s goal.  Get more of what you need, faster. But how to get there? Reliably? Repeatedly? Quickly?

In my years of project experience I’ve come to rely on the four simple, actionable steps we call Rapid JAD (see quadrant 4, above).

How quickly you begin realizing benefits simply depends upon how quickly you adopt and begin practicing Rapid JAD.  Regardless of the size, complexity, duration, or project phase, start now.  Or, if you’ve already started using Rapid JAD (congratulations!), then seek opportunities to learn, reflect, improve your practice, or share with others.

You will get more of what you need, faster.  Guaranteed.

For an introduction or refresher:

Capture Now
Document Once
Visible to All
Revise Quickly

Start getting more of what you need, faster. Use the 2X2 chart, above, to plot your own success!

 

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How to Increase Your Shares and Click-Through

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How to increase your shares and click through. An example of CoSchedule's Headline Analyzer

Building quality content and creating consumer appeal to reach your target market takes a new mindset. These five takeaways help in a world of social marketing: Topic, Title, Graphic, Lead Paragraph, and Content.

As Erik Jul points out in I Don’t Like to Write, it is fun having written! But even if you have written, it is no good having a site nobody visits. This post is a follow-on to, Increase Traffic to Your Website and Love the Results, because I am passionate about marketing, social, and the web.

The Topic

  1. Topic: This is the first thing to identify. What do people want to read? Want to know about? Want to Share? And most importantly which of the above answers is a topic you want to write about? Writing is always better when you like and want to write about a topic. With these questions answered you have a topic.

The Social Post

The next three items are new and go together because they are picked up by social sites when posting a URL. On social sites, people will share, re-post, and re-tweet regardless of content. They do this because they like what is communicated in the post itself. This might not have been as important in the past, but times they are a changin.

  1. Title: When creating a title, ask yourself, is it a good title? Is the title catchy? Is the title shareable? Additionally, you can now rate your Title on CoSchedule’s Headline Analyzer, to get another thought on the value of your title. Let’s look at rating from a recent popular in your network list from Twitter.
  2. Graphic: All posts, topics, or web pages need a good graphic. Create a graphic which is related to your topic and one which is interesting. Ask yourself, is it catchy? Is it shareable? Whenever I am out and about I take pictures. Pictures of all kinds of items. Now I have these available to use. And do not forget Memes, graphics with text on top, as people love to share memes.
  3. Lead Paragraph: The first paragraph is picked up by social sites when you provide the page URL. This paragraph, in conjunction with the Title and Graphic may be the only thing people read as they may not follow the link to your content. Make your lead paragraph something people will want to share all on its own. Convey the worthiness and message summary of your topic in the lead paragraph.

And Then There is Content

  1. Content: This has been important for the past decade as a way to increase page rank on search engines. People do want good content. If you desire people to come back to your site, good content is a must.
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Rapid JAD in Pictures

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by Erik Jul*

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Capture Now. No time is better, and certainly not later.

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Document once. Don’t do the work multiple times. Whose got the time?

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Visible to all. Everyone has to see. Why? They might have more perfect knowledge, opinions, suggestions, have approval authority, or just need a sense of comfort.

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Revise quickly. With all best efforts, you might get close to a final, correct, and complete artifact. But don’t count on it. Just change it as quickly as possible.

Rapid JAD really is simple. Execution is the key: decide (it starts with you), implement (start somewhere, but just start), adjust (learn as you go), practice (build the Rapid JAD habit), multiply (share the revolution and bring others along with you).

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How to Take the Stress Out of Large Software Projects

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Momma singing me to sleep

I remember those ol’ days when I was stressed out about software projects. Not at all like momma singing me to sleep.

220 requirements, 14 design sessions, and 7 months into the project and my mind is jumbling bits and pieces together. The project manager asks me a question. I know some of the topic. I know this was discussed. Others made decisions.

Then I am thinking, why is anyone wondering about this? What is in scope or out of scope? Ah, we have a new project manager and this was a project manager number one discussion topic.

Thankfully I work on a team that implements the Rapid JAD principles:

  • Capture Now: If this was used, then we captured the topic and important decisions
  • Document Once: If this was used, then we have accurate notes stored in our document repository
  • Visible to All: If this was used, then everyone can find the information
  • Revise Quickly: If this was used, then the information is current

Finding that tidbit of information is a document repository search away…found. Ah, now I see an issue was created and logged in TFS…there it is.

Rapid JAD principles take the stress out of large software development project. They are as comforting as momma singing me to sleep.

Yes, I remember those ol’ days when I was stressed out.

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