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Can Machine Learning Be a Tool for Business Analysts?

In an earlier blog post, I suggested that Machine Learning might be an interesting alternative to rigorous facilitation for the discovery of business rules.  Today I’d like to talk about how we might identify domains where we might consider Machine Learning. Broadly speaking, there are two large classes of Machine …

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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 …

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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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I’m sure they have that DOCUMENTED…right?

In the world of software development, especially the Agile part of it, it is easy to live in the now and the current development effort.  The Agile Manifesto values “Working software over comprehensive documentation.”  Some people interpret this to mean that they do not need to worry about documentation as …

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Bring your Playbook

Have you ever bought something that required assembly or a new gadget/software?  Did you read the assembly instructions or the user manual?  I have an engineering background, so every once in a while I will forego the manual and just try to figure it out.  When I have the time, this works …

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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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Sprint Carry-Over: An Agile Team’s Dirty Little Secret

What does “Done” mean, really? Working on an Agile project is really an exercise in honesty and self-reflection; if your team can’t predictably complete its work, can’t progress through each of its sprints; it’s safe to assume each of your team’s releases will be equally unpredictable. And here lies the …

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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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