Business Objectives

Focus on Outcomes…not Solutions

I had a conversation a few weeks ago with an executive at a large organization, and he mentioned that he had read an interesting article a few weeks back on how Business Analysts should be focusing on the outcomes, and not on solutions.  He was surprised at the suggestion of …

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Games and Business Objectives

A few months ago, one of my co-workers introduced a group of us here at Seilevel to a game called Cookie Clicker. The way the game works is that you can “bake” cookies by clicking on a giant picture of a cookie on the screen, just like the title says. …

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The Difference Between IT Success and Project Success

The recent well publicized problems with the Health Care web site, to support the Affordable Care Act (ACA), when it was launched in late October drove home a very important point to me: There is a fundamental difference between the success of a project (business or government initiative) as whole …

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Business Analyst Tip: CIOs are People, Too

Like most of us, I’m working in an environment where there is too much to do and not enough people to do it. We recently received a request for a new project which didn’t make sense to me—it would only be used short-term and the need met by the project …

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When Features Attack!

As the saying goes, “necessity is the mother of invention”, Seilevel’s 10+ year mission to “redefine the way software requirements are created,” was no accident either. While vague, incomplete or incorrect requirements are issues we face every day, the more vexing, expensive, and ever-expanding problem we face is how to …

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Using Revenue Properly to Measure Project Success

Objective measures are needed to determine the success and failure of commercial software development efforts. The feedback for companies that sell software as a product or as service is immediate and determined by the marketplace – they either have revenue or they do not. However, for software developed to use …

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