IT Product Managers and Business Analysts

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

Ignore tasks, focus on decisions.

We all have our reasons for using a piece of software. Maybe it makes staying in touch easier, maybe it helps organize, or for that matter, make us money, maybe it’s just fun to interact with…whatever those reasons may be, the drive to get things done is not, and cannot …

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Gathering Requirements in a Green Field

In my time at Seilevel, I’ve had a chance to work with a number of different clients, operating in a range of industries. Oftentimes, these clients begin projects with a number of legacy systems that need updated or integrated with; it is a rare opportunity for a project team to …

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Perfectionism—Use it Like a Tool

On  an  episode of Well Read, Elizabeth Gilbert makes the interesting case that perfectionism is really fear (starting at 6 minutes, 58 seconds).  She also addresses this in her blog post about avoiding the perfectionism trap, where she states “…I think perfectionism is just a high-end, haute couture version of …

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Decision Tables as Acceptance Criteria?

Lately, I’ve been working on an Agile project where all the requirements are written in the user story and acceptance criteria format. The acceptance criteria on this project are really the meat and potatoes of the requirements. They tell the developers what to develop and how the system should act …

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Co-location: The Answer to Your Agile Woes

I get it—co-location is expensive and may not be feasible for many organizations. For my large enterprise projects, co-located development is the exception rather than the norm. After being handed a high-priority feature and a very aggressive timeline, the project leadership decided to bring the project team together from all …

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“Just Enough Documentation” for Agile Projects

Companies that make the switch from Waterfall methodologies to Agile struggle with requirements documentation. How much documentation do we need? What kind? When should this documentation be created? Who is creating this documentation? Our experience shows that companies have swung the pendulum too far in terms of both the quantity …

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The Perfect Product Owner

I’ve been working on a client project where my role has been to coach a newly-hired product owner and help get a brand-new feature team running. The chap who was hired to fill the product owner role came to the team with a lot of business domain knowledge but almost …

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Recruiting and Software Requirements Connect

Recruiting season is underway and Seilevel as usual is going out looking for the best and brightest, and as we start looking for clever young graduates I started thinking about the perspective of an interviewer and interviewee. Either as an interviewer or interviewee you are ultimately targeting the same objective, which is …

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Product Roadmaps for Internal Software Products

When I was a product manager for a commercial software company, one of the things that we regularly created was product roadmaps. These were tied to the vision for the product, and how we thought we could reach that vision. All requests to change our product were evaluated against our …

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