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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Cart before the Horse? Retrofitting Models to Requirements

Because incomplete requirements have led to many a failed IT project, it has become an article of faith around the halls of Seilevel that visual models must be created before any requirements statements can be drafted. But what happens when you inherit requirements as part of a past project, or …

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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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