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Why Business Analysis Matters More During A Recession

In a recent blog post, I wrote about creating successful projects with fewer resources. Given the state of the economy at the end of 2008, that seemed an appropriate topic. Unfortunately for us all, the start of 2009 has been worse, and there are definitely fewer resources around. Here’s a …

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5 Ways To Create Successful Projects With Fewer Resources

We are certainly living in interesting times, and according to conventional wisdom, it is a curse to live in interesting times. Changes in our world happen almost overnight, from the political to the geographic to the financial. Pundits, pollsters and prophets may disagree on many things, but for now, most …

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Talking about what we do

I have the opportunity to talk about Requirements Engineering (RE) pretty frequently. Most of the time, I’m talking with people who are familiar with software development in general, and some of the time those folks are also familiar with the specifics of RE. There’s a shared understanding of the work …

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Live from RE’08: Managing Requirements Knowledge, or RE as KM

OK, yes, it’s a confusing title. But stick with me, and I promise it’ll make more sense. Welcome to Barcelona! Day one included the Managing Requirements Knowledge (MaRK) workshop. The presentations covered a WIDE variety of topics in Requirements Engineering (RE), some of which seemed directly related to Knowledge Management …

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Thomas the Tank Engine on Software Requirements

At my house, we recently entered the phase of fascination with Thomas the Tank Engine. If you’re not familiar with Thomas and his many, many, many friends on the Island of Sodor, then you must not know anyone between the ages of 2 and 10, because they’re a hit with …

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Just Call Me "Grumpy"

I’ve been called a lot of things in my time, most of which I don’t care to repeat here (OK, OK … some people have called me nice things). I like to think of myself as a nice guy who has a good sense of humor, but I’m acutely aware …

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Ask, Don’t Tell

As you may have surmised from other posts, I’m a daddy. I have an almost-two-year-old little boy who, as his age would suggest, is in the midst of the “terrible twos” (by the way, most people I’ve talked to about the phenomenon agree that it starts around 18 months and …

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