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Change Management

How to start Agile coming from Waterfall

As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, I have been coaching teams for the better part of the year now. The vast majority of these teams are trying out a type of agile methodology, coming from a waterfall SDLC. Below are a few pointers to help those out who are embarking …

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Effecting Change in a Large Company

At this point in my career, I’ve been on a few projects that seem to have a large change management component. It took some time to realize the weight and gravity of the change management component and to really take it seriously enough to devote a significant part of a …

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Agile is a Cultural Revolution

Agile is often spoken of a development methodology along the lines of “Agile is a development methodology; other common development methodologies are Waterfall, Iterative, etc.”  This is akin to saying something like “Weightlifting is a means of keeping fit; other common techniques to stay fit are aerobics, swimming, running, walking, …

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Let’s Have a Difficult Conversation

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 …

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SharePoint 2013 Upgrade Tips

We recently upgraded our SP2007 to SP2013. As all at Seilevel would call it, it was an experience. We use our SP as a document repository, holding project documentation for easy internal access. We found out information about our current installation of SharePoint and decided to go with a brand …

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Requirements Deliverables: Target Your Audience

At Seilevel, we consistently tout the invaluable benefit of using models in your requirements process.  In many cases, models are more than enough to communicate the intended functionality to all stakeholders.  This is especially true if you have been using models in your process for some time and stakeholders know …

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HealthCare.gov and the Case of the Missing Interface Requirements

Interface requirements have taken centre-stage with the launch of the federal government’s online marketplace for insurance: Healthcare.gov. As eager enrollees rushed to access the new website, they saw first-hand what happens when a system developed by more than 50 different contractors lacks detailed definition of the data passing between systems. …

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