How to Take the Stress Out of Large S...

How to Take the Stress Out of Large Software Projects

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 […]

Fllng n Th Blnks

Fllng n Th Blnks

By Erik Jul If you read the title, you probably already have a sense of the topic: Filling In The Blanks. How did you know that? In response to visual stimuli (the title), your brain did you a favor by filling in the missing letters (the vowels, in this case) in order to make sense of what […]

The End Goal – Removing Ambigui...

The End Goal – Removing Ambiguity in Requirements

When you are done reading this post the importance of knowing the end goal will have been communicated: • Definition of Done • Acceptance Criteria • What does success look like? • What happens? • What gets completed? • What is the result? • The end goal These bullets all represent one concept. As a […]

Aha!

Aha!

by Erik Jul Is there room for a “Business Insight” in the profession of Business Analysis? We are trained and practiced in the skill and art of analysis: Ishikawa diagrams, process flow diagrams, value-chain mapping, and a host of other techniques. Used effectively, the tools and trade of a Business Analyst help to uncover problems […]

Increase Traffic to Your Website and ...

Increase Traffic to Your Website and Love the Results (7 principles you need to know)

Do you want more visitors to your website? You can spend a lot time and money writing and creating content, but: What good is a website which nobody sees? What good is a website visited by school children when the people you want to attract are busy mothers? What good is a website which does […]

I Don’t Like to Write

I Don’t Like to Write

By Erik Jul A colleague of mine once said, “I don’t like to write, but I love having written.” And so, with a deft change of tense, the author had leaped over the pain of writing to the future perfect satisfaction of having written. Some business leaders or software developers are like my friend and […]

Tee Up! How Building Software is Like...

Tee Up! How Building Software is Like Playing Golf

The Course Layout We have a course laid out and we are moving along the course. Not all courses are the same, but they have the same basic structure and flow as we play: Tee off on hole 1 Move along the fairway Hit onto the green Sink the putt Move on to the next hole […]

Bundling

Bundling

By Erik Jul Bundling is a tidy idea.  Consider the humble bundle of sticks. Useful. Or the Roman fasces, shown here on the reverse of a U.S. Mercury dime, or Winged Liberty Head, dime. Powerful. What makes each bundle desirable? Utility Fitness for a purpose Ease of use Similarity or complementarity of components, or Some other […]

TV Dinner Requirements

TV Dinner Requirements

TV Dinner Requirement have the following characteristics Conveniently pre-packaged Tasty like cardboard Surprising when there is something good inside Already Packaged TV Dinner Requirements come to you already packaged and ready to go. A business has hired an analyst to define their requirements and package them up in a document. The company then puts their […]

Getting It Right

Getting It Right

by Erik Jul When specifying requirements for a new system, large or small, how much do we have to get right? Isn’t “All of it” the right answer? Not always, and maybe never. Concepts such as “minimally viable product” (which carries the moniker MVP as if it were some sort of champion), “iterative solution scoping,” […]

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