Author Betsy Stockdale

Challenges with User Stories

A Promise to have a Conversation I’ve been writing user stories for a couple of years now, and the best way I’ve heard how to describe them is that they are a promise to have a conversation.  Enough information should be written down to give the reader an idea of …

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Mentoring New Requirement Analysts

I have recently had the joy of working with several of our newer (OK – you can read that as much younger) requirement analysts that have joined Seilevel in the past few months.  I have always enjoyed working with individuals who are just entering or have recently entered the workforce.  …

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A Project for Mom

Have you ever noticed that the skills you have as a product manager or as a business analyst can transfer to other aspects of your life? I find myself in that exact situation, and having the skills to elicit requirements is proving to be very useful! My mother recently experienced …

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Working in Waterfall – What I miss about Agile

I’ve been working on a large project for the past several months; our customer has purchased an application that they are customizing for their environment.  The vendor has chosen to work in a waterfall manner…gather all of the requirements first, review then freeze the requirements once approved, and then they …

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People Have Different Styles

Have you ever worked with that one person who just seemed difficult?  Perhaps you were in a working session to gather software requirements with a subject matter expert, and they just seemed to bug you.  Others may even mention how a certain person is “difficult”. Recently on a project, I’ve …

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Software Requirements Traceability – How Low Do We Go?

Tracing software requirements throughout the project is considered a good practice in software engineering. There are numerous studies that have shown the benefit of traceability and how traceability can avoid defects in software projects. The generally accepted practice of tracing software requirements includes elements such as architecture and other design …

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