Author Betsy Stockdale

Business Readiness for Agile

I’ve worked with a customer recently who was exploring the possibility of making the transition to agile. While they have decided at this time not to make the attempt, one of the primary reasons they gave was they felt that the business wasn’t ready to make such a change. That got …

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Do we have good requirements?

Do we have good requirements? I hear that question asked all the time as I work with our various customers.  Many organizations are looking to measure whether or not they have good requirements. Researchers are working on new methods to measure the quality of requirements. Unfortunately, both groups are trying …

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IT Readiness for Agile

I’ve worked with a number of organizations lately who are either in the process of moving to an agile framework, or are thinking about doing so. These organizations face similar problems that they are attempting to solve, including late projects, large demand with limited capacity, lack of transparency to the …

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Requirement Models for System Replacement Projects

We recently received an “Ask Joy” question around what models can be helpful for a system replacement project. Below is our answer, slightly modified to give proper context for all. System replacement projects can be a challenge, since many times the systems being replaced are old and obsolete from a …

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Seeing the Forest through all of the Trees

I recently had a conversation with a fellow business analyst, Susan, regarding process flows. At Seilevel, we like to keep process flows focused on what people are attempting to accomplish. In my experience, I find that most people (there are always exceptions), know that when they press a button that …

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Product Roadmaps for Internal Software Products

When I was a product manager for a commercial software company, one of the things that we regularly created was product roadmaps. These were tied to the vision for the product, and how we thought we could reach that vision. All requests to change our product were evaluated against our …

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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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Finding Hidden Assumptions

I was recently lucky enough to attend ProductCamp Austin. If you are not familiar with ProductCamp, it is a free, collaborative “unconference” for product managers and other similar roles. I say “unconference”, because it is completely volunteer driven, and the campers (as attendees are called) vote on what sessions they …

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Sticking to our Guns

I’ve been working on a program that has certain been a challenge, both from the subject matter, the extremely short timeframes given (imposed governmental regulations that must be met), to the stakeholders (who have day jobs to perform as well). Everyone is under pressure, which can make for some short …

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