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The Value of Visual Models

One of my favorite TV shows to watch is HGTV’s Property Brothers. The series features twin brothers, Jonathan and Drew, who show homebuyers how to buy fixer-uppers and renovate them to create their dream home. Why is this show so fascinating to me? In every 60-minute episode, I get to …

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“Just Enough Documentation” for Agile Projects

Companies that make the switch from Waterfall methodologies to Agile struggle with requirements documentation. How much documentation do we need? What kind? When should this documentation be created? Who is creating this documentation? Our experience shows that companies have swung the pendulum too far in terms of both the quantity …

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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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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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