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Author James Hulgan

Hire for Talent over Experience

Seilevel has fairly selective hiring practices (we hire less than 2% of the people who submit resumes and apply with us).   I estimate that I’ve been involved in the hiring decisions of over 50 people, most of whom I interviewed directly.  Without giving too much away, every candidate who interviews …

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Why We Should All Stop Creating Requirements Documents

I know what you’re thinking–you’re reading the title of this blog and wondering what’s wrong with me.  Did I have a stroke?  Have I been spending too much time around cowboy developers?  Am I disconnected from what business analysts are actually doing?  Not at all.  Let me assure you that I am …

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Live RE’13: Creative Collisions

Wednesday afternoon, I attended RE Interactive–a session which “forced” two people at a conference who had never worked with one another to collaborate on a structured scenario. The idea is based on research that areas of the brain which trigger creative thinking are activated when two unfamiliar people are placed …

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“Refactoring” is not a Feature

Recently, I attended a luncheon with a diverse group of people in the IT industry–coders, program managers, product managers, business analysts, and architects.  The topic of the luncheon is not important, but at one point the conversation veered towards managing a product backlog, and how to prioritize items in the …

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TechTarget Article Featuring Seilevel: A Five-Step Plan to Capturing Better Application Requirements

Hi Everyone!  The good folks over at TechTarget recently interviewed me for an article on capturing better requirements.  In it, I talk about using linkedin, business objectives, and NOT being a secretary.  Check it out here: http://searchsoftwarequality.techtarget.com/tip/A-five-step-plan-to-capturing-better-application-requirements I’d be curious to hear from others who have leveraged social media to …

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