Visual Requirements Models

The Power of Screen Mock-Ups

I’m helping a customer on their first agile project, and at the moment we are focused on getting the backlog into a state that development can get started. I’m a little late joining the team, a lot of work had already been done, so I’m helping ensure that all of …

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Business Analysts need to ask “Why”?

I attended BA World – Atlanta a few weeks back, and attended a wonderful presentation by Paul Mulvey, “Why Should a Business Analyst Care About Essential Processes?”  Paul started off his session with a story about his daughter, and how she asked for a new iPhone.  His first question was …

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From Visual Models to Requirements

If you are familiar with Seilevel, then you are aware that we are big proponents of using visual models to help understand requirements.  I even wrote a blog post about the case for visual models, which you can find here. But once you have your models, how do you go …

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Tell a Story Through Your Requirements, Part I

Most of the projects that we work on here at Seilevel involve producing some sort of coherent documentation to describe what a given piece of software needs to be able to do and how it will work. Of course, software requirements are a crucial part of this documentation, but by …

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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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Making Requirement Artifacts Consumable

One of the things that I’ve noticed that some business analysts have a tendency to do is to try and get as much information onto one page as possible. I can understand that desire, wanting to keep all relevant information together.  For example, when creating a process flow, there is …

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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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