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Agile Software Development and Chickens

I had a plan for my long weekend. I’ve recently bought a small farm, and there’s a lot of work to be done clearing out the barn and organizing my horse gear as well as unpacking and organizing the house. My plan went approximately like this: Move the remaining hay …

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Why are Business Objectives Model(s) SO HARD?

Why is it so hard to develop a high-quality business objectives model? The business objectives model (BOM) is one of the most powerful visual models that we use on our projects. A good BOM not only defines scope, but it also provides a mechanism for prioritizing product features and measuring …

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Growing your Customer Base with Persona Flows

Imagine you own a clothing store and are trying to drive traffic to your website through ads. After a month or two, your website is getting more hits and you’re increasing your email subscriber count. You’re so excited, you begin sending daily content to your subscribers, highlighting all your current …

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The Benefits of Visual Models in a Virtual World

Welcome to the post-text future, a world where visuals are the common language. Movies, Netflix, social media, selfies — this is the visual era, where what we are is what we see. Research shows that 65 percent of us are visual learners, indicating that diagrams, graphs, and images influence learning …

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Essential

Nowadays we’re hearing a lot about essential workers and essential jobs. Non-essential workers are either furloughed and filing for unemployment or, like us in the tech sector, working from home with minimal inconvenience. Essential workers are expected to show up and put their lives on the line, pandemic notwithstanding. As …

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BA Advice Column 2

Hey BA! Are you feeling befuddled, bemused, battered, or brain-dead? Never fear, Betty the BA is here. Ask her anything. Dear Betty, My team is switching to Agile, and I’m not sure what my role is going to be! Am I going to lose my job? Is there even a …

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Handle with Care: Software in Use

While standing in line at the bank, the delicate and complex nature of updating live code struck me. The bank’s computer system reloaded as the teller apologized for the inconvenience. In that moment, which would frustrate most people, I found intrigue. Despite the added wait time, I felt as though …

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Agile Requirements with Karl Wiegers: What’s the Big Deal?

Agile development approaches are currently used in most software organizations at least some of the time. With the rise in popularity of agile methods, business analysts and product owners often use the term “agile requirements” to label their work. We do not care for the term “agile requirements” because it …

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I’m Not Working, I’m Learning.

While talking with my roommates the other night, the topic of career paths came up. My roommates are all engineers in some regard, and as a result, they each have a decently defined career path. I, on the other hand, continue to think about what my career path as a …

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