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Seilevel is rebranding under a new name: ArgonDigital

Seilevel, Blue Fish Group, and Requirements Experts came together over the last few years, and our identity became unnecessarily complicated. It was time to find a name that was more fitting. Starting today, we have a new name and a new look. Let me introduce you to ArgonDigital! We make …

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Executive Buy In and Feedback

Business Analysis and Successful Outcomes

In a previous post, I talked about the need for executive buy-in on business analysis activities and some ideas on how to facilitate it. As I mentioned, they are not our target audience for PMI’s foundational standard on business analysis, so we need to find other ways to win their …

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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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Hire for Talent over Experience

Seilevel has fairly selective hiring practices (we hire less than 2% of the people who submit resumes and apply with us).   I estimate that I’ve been involved in the hiring decisions of over 50 people, most of whom I interviewed directly.  Without giving too much away, every candidate who interviews …

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“A Poor Craftsman blames the (requirements) tool”

The decision to use a requirements tool is dependent on a number of factors: size of project, number of system interlocks, global teams, specific business objectives tied to real dollar figures, just to name a few.  In this post I will describe the key benefits of using a requirements management …

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Documentation: Important or Tedious?

A large part of working on software projects at Fortune 1000 companies is the documentation mountain that can sometimes arise. This can be a necessity in order to provide information for future support staff and accountability, or it can be a time intensive and largely senseless endeavor. Often times, as …

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The Most Important Part of A User Story

The last couple of years has seen a wholesale shift in development methodologies among the Fortune 1000 companies from Waterfall to Agile.  It is not an exaggeration to say that the Agile revolution that has been brewing in small companies, startups and web companies for the last decade and a …

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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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