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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 …

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Regression Testing in an Agile Environment

Developing complex software for enterprises using Agile development methodologies has presented some unique challenges, especially in the area of regression testing. This is particularly true in the Financial Services sector where extremely thorough and extensive regression is required and, in many cases, dictated by Compliance and Regulatory needs. For legacy …

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Ignore tasks, focus on decisions.

We all have our reasons for using a piece of software. Maybe it makes staying in touch easier, maybe it helps organize, or for that matter, make us money, maybe it’s just fun to interact with…whatever those reasons may be, the drive to get things done is not, and cannot …

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Recruiting and Software Requirements Connect

Recruiting season is underway and Seilevel as usual is going out looking for the best and brightest, and as we start looking for clever young graduates I started thinking about the perspective of an interviewer and interviewee. Either as an interviewer or interviewee you are ultimately targeting the same objective, which is …

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Visualizing data in the RAW

During the search for a better, easier ways to create images to represent software concepts, I’ve come across a few tools that do a good job creating basic, official-looking graphs. Many of these tools offer teaser trials in hopes of inducing you to buy a full featured version. Not so …

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Improving Time-To-Market and Business-IT Alignment

A very common area of focus we hear from organizations is the desire to decrease product Time To Market (TTM) and improve Business-IT Alignment. Projects are either running long or delivering a product that does not match the vision of the business– both resulting in significant increases of resource time and effort, and opportunity …

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What is a good product manager?

Before re-focusing my career from product management at a venture-backed startup to product management consulting, I lacked a real appreciation for the true breadth, that is (what I now consider) the heart, of product management. I assumed that product management roles are only relevant and impactful at product-driven companies, where …

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