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Game Theory & Project Management: Part 2

If you missed Part 1 of this series, click here to read it first! Minecraft is probably the hottest new game franchise of the 2010s. You either play Minecraft or know someone who does. In the game, a player starts from scratch and creates a new world limited only by …

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Game Theory & Project Management, Part 1

We all play games. From hot potato to hopscotch, we play several hundred different games in our lifetime. We play video games, board games, card games, and sport games. With more games created everyday, the options are endless. What if you wanted to make a new game? Will it last? How can …

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From analysis to delivery: BPM tools as accelerators

I recently had the opportunity to work with a company that had a long sales and construction process.  In their industry it generally took three months to complete the process, but with this company they knew it was taking much longer.  They were challenged to even measure what their cycle …

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Knowing How to Use Your (Requirements) Tools

When it comes to any project, the right tool makes all the difference.Whether in woodworking, engineering, or fashion design, having the proper tools makes things easier and more efficient. The same can be said in the world of requirements. The need for requirements tools in the world of IT product development is …

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Use Color-coded Models for Creative Communication

Necessity is the mother of all invention, the cliche goes, and requirements modelling is no exception. Creating ad-hoc color coding within models to effectively communicate within a project team can save time and prevent confusion. As part of our Seilevel methodology, we use skittles, or color-coded dots, to convey the …

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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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“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 Power of Screen Mock-Ups

I’m helping a customer on their first agile project, and at the moment we are focused on getting the backlog into a state that development can get started. I’m a little late joining the team, a lot of work had already been done, so I’m helping ensure that all of …

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Business Analyst Tip: Seilevel Approach Works

I still remember my first project at Seilevel, more than 9 years ago. I struggled with the information flood and came out of that project with at least one clear goal:  to get better at acquiring new information.  In October, I started on a new project with a new client …

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Use Cases 101: Let’s Take an Uber

I was recently asked to prepare a handout giving the basics of use cases for an upcoming training session. It struck me as odd that I needed to start from square one for a model that seemed standard. Use cases, once ubiquitous, have largely been replaced by process flows and …

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