• Seilevel Team

    Here’s the Team

    Welcome to our Seilevel Photo Op.

Business Analysts

Houston, We Have a Problem Message. Recycled paper note pinned on cork board. Concept Image

Solve One Problem at a Time

I recently re-watched The Martian, a great movie I recommend to anyone. One lesson I learned from the movie that is also relevant to my work is to solve one problem at a time. For those of you who have not seen the movie (no plot disclosures – I promise!) …

Read More

First, break all the requirements

What? In 1999, Buckingham and Coffman authored First, Break All the Rules. They used Gallop data from manager interviews to identify how good managers drive employee satisfaction. Internally at Seilevel, we use the methodology described in the book for gauging employee satisfaction. People who join us are sometimes surprised by our …

Read More

PM Podcast – How to Write Excellent User Stories

Recently, I was able to speak at the Project Management Institute (PMI)® Global Conference 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. During the conference I participated in an interview for a PM Podcast; it was recently published. Here is the introduction to the podcast, with a link to the podcast at the end. I …

Read More

Do we have good requirements?

Do we have good requirements? I hear that question asked all the time as I work with our various customers.  Many organizations are looking to measure whether or not they have good requirements. Researchers are working on new methods to measure the quality of requirements. Unfortunately, both groups are trying …

Read More

Ratio of Developers to Analysts in Agile

Conventional wisdom generally holds that the ratio of developers to analysts in an Agile framework is about 4:1 or 3:1. In essence, it says that 1 analyst can support the work of 3 or 4 full time developers working on a project. For Waterfall projects, this ratio is higher and …

Read More

Requirement Models for System Replacement Projects

We recently received an “Ask Joy” question around what models can be helpful for a system replacement project. Below is our answer, slightly modified to give proper context for all. System replacement projects can be a challenge, since many times the systems being replaced are old and obsolete from a …

Read More

Seeing the Forest through all of the Trees

I recently had a conversation with a fellow business analyst, Susan, regarding process flows. At Seilevel, we like to keep process flows focused on what people are attempting to accomplish. In my experience, I find that most people (there are always exceptions), know that when they press a button that …

Read More

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 …

Read More