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RML Model: User Interface Flow

I recently needed to show how the pages of a log-in process interacted.  I started writing a process flow, then switched to a system flow, but in both cases was fighting the model—I wanted to show both what the user was doing and the system decisions.  I also wanted to …

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Tips for Remote Presenting

As consultants with clients around Austin and in different cities around the country, we here at Seilevel are often required to hold and run online meetings. We have found that desktop sharing applications are an invaluable tool for remote collaboration and can make the difference between a ho-hum meeting and …

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Leveraging Visual Models in an Agile World

Every discussion or training we have held at work lately keeps circling around to the same topic: Agile.  Aside from the debates over whether Agile methodology is better than Waterfall overall or in which situations one is superior to the other, analysts who have worked predominantly in a Waterfall world …

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What to Do When a “Higher-Up” is Messaging Incorrectly

Ever felt like this? “This is my product; I own it. Why is this guy stepping in and trying to message about my product? He doesn’t get it. He’s misdirecting the team, now they’re confused. Now I have to clean up this message, just creating additional unnecessary work. Ugh!” I was …

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In Action – the Business Objective Model

I was working with one of our newer clients today, talking with one of their newest developers. He had never heard of Seilevel before, but had seen a number of artifacts that some of his peers had created with our templates. His peers have taken our classes, and are trying …

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Process Flow Muddled with Mint and Served on Ice

A Process Flow is a series of steps and decisions that describes a business process that is executed by a person.  At Seilevel, our business analysts create Process Flows to show how the user navigates through the product we are creating. Simply, a Process Flow is a model showing the …

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Gesture Mapping for Mobile Interfaces

Look around you. Many of the tasks we once relied on a desktop or laptop to perform are now done on our phones and tablets. While that’s great news for our airplane carry-ons, it isn’t necessarily the best news in terms of usability. Anyone who has attempted to view or …

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Business Data Diagrams – the LISP of requirements models?

It’s been argued in programming communities that all programming languages can ultimately be abstracted back to LISP.  As a software developer, you may not care that we can ultimately abstract Java into LISP, but the fact that you can tells us some fundamental truths relating to the nature of programming. …

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Business Analyst Tip: Color Does Matter

The other day, a business analyst showed me some process flows which used a black font for text and dark orange and dark blue for the fill colors. The data looked something like this: lovely in design; impossible to read. My immediate reaction was to think about the colors—I found them …

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