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Business Objectives

IFTTT: Acceptance Criteria for Daily Life

I recently downloaded an iPhone app called IFTTT (If This Then That). With IFTTT, users can automate phone and app functionality by constructing “recipes” that connect previously-unconnected features. For example, I could create an IFTTT recipe that sends an SMS message whenever I enter or exit a predefined area. After …

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Seeing the Forest through all of the Trees

I recently had a conversation with a fellow business analyst, Susan, regarding process flows. At Seilevel, we like to keep process flows focused on what people are attempting to accomplish. In my experience, I find that most people (there are always exceptions), know that when they press a button that …

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What Makes a Great Business Partner?

A colleague and I were talking about past projects.  When I mentioned one of my favorites, he was surprised–he thought people found the business partner on that project to be “difficult”.  Not me—she met all my criteria for a great business partner: They know their stuff. They provide you sufficient …

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Using Opportunity Assessments, Business Objective Models, and Objective Chains to understand value and prioritize features

A few years ago, I started using a technique called Opportunity Assessments as a lightweight way to assess product and feature ideas.  Opportunity Assessments contain the business problem/value, target market, opportunity size, market options/competition, timing/window, go-to-market strategy, success metrics, success factors, risks/assumptions, and recommendations. In order to do an Opportunity …

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Managing Product Backlogs in Diverse Agile Environments

Managing a Product Backlog when there is only one development team in an organization creating one solution at a time is relatively straight forward. However, large enterprises have multiple development teams creating a multitude of solutions with interdependencies between them. Managing product backlogs in these situations becomes very tricky, especially …

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Part II: Usability It’s not just for looks

In Part I we took a high level look at some of the fundamentals of usability (ie. Five components of usability). Now we will be diving a little bit deeper and examining why we should care. Having previously worked on the development of a number of online social media communities …

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Defining Proper Success Metrics on Business Objectives Models

The Business Objective Model (BOM) is one of the foundational  models we use as part of the Seilevel  requirements methodology.  The BOM defines the rationale for doing a project.  Every BOM has the following key component parts. 1.  Problems  – the business problems to be solved or addressed 2.  Objectives …

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Aligning User Expectations with Business Objectives

Projects with clearly defined business objectives can and do fail even if they deliver functionality that syncs closely with the business objectives defined for the project, but do not meet user expectations. This may seem counter intuitive at first blush since the primary purpose of any enterprise software development effort …

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