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“Refactoring” is not a Feature

Recently, I attended a luncheon with a diverse group of people in the IT industry–coders, program managers, product managers, business analysts, and architects.  The topic of the luncheon is not important, but at one point the conversation veered towards managing a product backlog, and how to prioritize items in the …

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Measuring the Effectiveness of a Feature

There are two possible outcomes: if the result confirms the hypothesis, then you’ve made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you’ve made a discovery. Enrico Fermi There are four key factors that determine how effective any feature is in achieving its design objectives. They are: …

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Software Requirements Impact on Technical Debt – Part 2

This is the second part of a two part series on the impact of software requirements on technical debt. Part 1 defined technical debt, delved into its importance, discussed its symptoms and summarized some strategies for paying it down. Part 2 discusses the specific impact that software requirements can have …

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Five New Year’s Resolutions for Requirements

It’s that time of year, where our thoughts turn to the holidays…the holiday parties, the shopping, the lights, visiting with family!  For many organizations, the end of the year tends to be quiet on the IT front, for no organization wants to risk introducing problems into their production environment at …

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