IT Product Managers and Business Analysts

Posts about the position of IT Product Manager and Business Analysts. Hiring, training and being one

Attention to Detail, Who Cares?

I do. And I’m well aware that I get some eye rolls from people who don’t agree – or just don’t have the attention to detail to understand. But really, why DOES it matter?Honestly, I would not harp on this to the extent that I do if I did not …

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Who’s the Designer? It Depends.

Requirements are constraints on the creativity of creative people. That sounds harsh, but it is true. Business owners and those that finance software projects don’t want just any system built – they want their system built. This means they have some preconceived notion on what the system has to do …

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Influence

I have recently been reading Influence – Science and Practice by Robert B. Cialdini. So far, it seems to be one of those universal business books that could be considered a must read for people in all industries. This topic should be of particular interest to Product Managers, many of …

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Are There Lazy Programmers?

I had been planning on one more post in my series on Karl Wiegers’ More About Software Requirements: Thorny Issues and Practical Advice, but an interesting post from Steve Johnson over at Pragmatic Marketing caught my eye. In Another Negative Development Rant Steve poses the following question: Must the product …

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Why should we hire you?

This blog entry is going to be a bit of a departure from the norm. Tech people spend their time and effort creating a product or service. Sales people spend their time and effort defining the value of the product or service. I am in sales. Therefore, it is in …

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Why Finding a Job Can Be Puzzling

Who’s up for another brainteaser? Well you need to be because it doesn’t look like they’re going away anytime soon. Try this one- Why do software companies subject job candidates to brainteasers and puzzles? Most candidates are already at least a little nervous about the interview to begin with and …

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The Product Manager’s Role in Software Usability

There was another fantastic post a few weeks back from Scott Selhorst over at Tyner Blain. This entry from his foundation series had Scott covering the topic of user experience disciplines. Software UI design is an area that has been near and dear to my heart ever since I majored …

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Offshore Development Part 1

Your company has decided to take the leap and begin migrating some of your development offshore. As a business analyst/product manager, I have good news and bad news for you. The good news is that management will probably realize how important your job really is. The bad news is that …

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Development of a new Requirements Analyst

My name is Eric, and I am a Requirements Analyst. Before November, the acronym “RA” held only connotations of dorm hall meetings and stale pizza, as I have only recently shed my student skin and joined employed society. I graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelors in Communication …

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