Author Megan Jackson

Data Flow Diagram (DFD) Tutorial: Texas Hold ‘Em

The data flow diagram is a useful, low-level data model that can show how data is transformed and manipulated through processes. This model does NOT show decisions, nor does it show a sequence of processes. This tutorial will take a commonly understood real-world scenario, a round of Texas Hold ‘Em, …

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True Requirements Detectives

When facilitating elicitation sessions with stakeholders, the business analyst really must play the role of detective to extract their underlying problems, objectives, and needs. Rust Cohle, one of two protagonists in HBO’s critically-acclaimed series True Detectives, exhibits some of the qualities that business analysts should seek when attempting to elicit …

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Going Agile: The Anatomy of a User Story

User stories, a requirements format utilized in Agile software development, are typically formatted with the following template: As a (type of user), I want (some goal), so that (some reason). This template can be modified to suit a project’s need. In this post, we’ll show how user stories themselves can …

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Understanding User Needs: Creating the User Persona

Project success hinges on creating a solution that ultimately meets the user’s needs. Oftentimes there is a large population of users for whom a solution is targeted, each having various needs, desires and tendencies that must be accounted for in the project solution. In order to achieve a successful solution, …

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