Author David Reinhardt

Why IT Needs to Know Business Problems

In a survey of over 500 senior business and technology executives done by the MIT Sloan School of Management, only 18% say that their company’s IT spending was “highly aligned with business priorities.” This means that in 82% of organizations, IT is consistently spending time and money on projects that …

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A Product Manager’s Minimum Viable Desk

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the benefits of working at a standup desk. People have reported having more energy fewer back and shoulder problems after they made the switch, and studies have shown that sitting for too long can be bad for your long-term health. I was …

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Bringing Creativity to Business Analysis

Being a business analyst, I think it is fair to say, is not the most creative profession out there. We do have opportunities to write clear requirements, create interesting PowerPoint presentations from time to time, and choose an ingenious font color scheme to make status reports exciting and readable. But …

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Software Requirements: 4 Ways to Use Process Flows

Process flows are the workhorses of the RML® models that we employ here at Seilevel. They can be easily understood by even the least technical stakeholders but are equally useful for the development team. They can be applied to many different circumstances and provide tons of value. We use them …

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Business Analyst Tip: Working with Overseas Stakeholders

In the past, conducting business overseas was a high-risk enterprise (the map comes from The David Rumsey Map Collection). These days, being based in one region and working with stakeholders who are located overseas is no longer unusual; it’s increasingly the norm. After just having finished a project where 90% …

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Software Requirements and M&A IT Integration

The IT side of M&A integration involves much more than an integration of IT systems; due to the business risk involved, and in the effort to create value from the M&A, it will demand complete, accurate, consumable software requirements. Done properly, it should really start with a negotiation of business …

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