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BA Advice Column 2

BA Advice Column 2

Hey BA! Are you feeling befuddled, bemused, battered, or brain-dead? Never fear, Betty the BA is here. Ask her anything. Dear Betty, My team is switching to Agile, and I’m not sure what my role is going to be! Am I going to lose my job? Is there even a …

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The Leadership Gap

I have a story to tell about leadership. Actually, it’s about the lack of leadership, and how that percolates through an entire organization. It was my first official project management gig. I worked within the IT organization of a large company. First by chance and then by preference, I became …

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The Agile Enterprise Architect

On your projects, are you working directly with an enterprise architect? Do you receive documentation from an enterprise architect (EA)? Is the enterprise architect a bottleneck for your project design and estimating activities? Are you, like me, more than a little confused about the role of the enterprise architect? A …

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How Politics Made Me a Better Consultant

In the “not Seilevel” part of my life, I help run a Texas grassroots political organization. I’ve been a member of the administrator group for several years. In addition to all our offline activities (meet the candidate events, volunteer events, volunteer training, get-out-the-vote activities, and charity drives) we run an …

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Do This One Little Thing

“Admit it. You aren’t like them. You’re not even close… But it seems that the more you try to fit in, the more you feel like an outsider, watching the “normal people” as they go about their automatic existences. For every time you say club passwords like “Have a nice …

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How to be a better ally

Recently, I attended a happy hour with a team of software developers I’d been working with. I looked around the table and realized that I was the only woman in attendance. It startled me because it was unusual, but it led me to consider the slow changes I’ve witnessed to …

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I love decision tables!

I’ve been working on a financial services project that has a LOT of complex business rules that are changing to meet regulatory compliance as well as business needs. Over the past couple of months I’ve made a few system flows, but I’ve discovered that the decision table is my best …

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