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The Benefits of Visual Models in a Virtual World

Welcome to the post-text future, a world where visuals are the common language. Movies, Netflix, social media, selfies — this is the visual era, where what we are is what we see. Research shows that 65 percent of us are visual learners, indicating that diagrams, graphs, and images influence learning …

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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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Requirement Models for System Replacement Projects

We recently received an “Ask Joy” question around what models can be helpful for a system replacement project. Below is our answer, slightly modified to give proper context for all. System replacement projects can be a challenge, since many times the systems being replaced are old and obsolete from a …

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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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RML Model: User Interface Flow

I recently needed to show how the pages of a log-in process interacted.  I started writing a process flow, then switched to a system flow, but in both cases was fighting the model—I wanted to show both what the user was doing and the system decisions.  I also wanted to …

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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 Analysts need to ask “Why”?

I attended BA World – Atlanta a few weeks back, and attended a wonderful presentation by Paul Mulvey, “Why Should a Business Analyst Care About Essential Processes?”  Paul started off his session with a story about his daughter, and how she asked for a new iPhone.  His first question was …

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From Visual Models to Requirements

If you are familiar with Seilevel, then you are aware that we are big proponents of using visual models to help understand requirements.  I even wrote a blog post about the case for visual models, which you can find here. But once you have your models, how do you go …

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