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BDD

Using the BDD: Bounding your Requirements Objects

The Business Data Diagram is a powerful, high-level RML model that can help bound the scope of data for your project. It can also be used to visually convey a sophisticated strategy for bounding your requirements objects and their traceability. I was recently working on a project where we had …

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stakeholder

Business Analyst Guide to Understanding Stakeholders

Recently, I had the honor of speaking at Product Camp Austin. I highlighted a crucial step that I think is often glossed over when setting out to improve products: truly understanding the stakeholders. Even amazing projects can fall flat when they reach users. Identifying our stakeholders and understanding what elicitation …

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Categories of Models

Don’t write requirements, model them

While helping a client improve their requirements gathering practices, our team had the opportunity to communicate the details and impact of our work at the end of the project. As we stood back and surveyed the many activities that had taken place, we found that the vast majority of project …

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minecraft world

Game Theory & Project Management: Part 2

If you missed Part 1 of this series, click here to read it first! Minecraft is probably the hottest new game franchise of the 2010s. You either play Minecraft or know someone who does. In the game, a player starts from scratch and creates a new world limited only by …

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cats playing chess

Game Theory & Project Management, Part 1

We all play games. From hot potato to hopscotch, we play several hundred different games in our lifetime. We play video games, board games, card games, and sport games. With more games created everyday, the options are endless. What if you wanted to make a new game? Will it last? How can …

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Pay Attention in Meetings

We live in a very device heavy world these days. You understand, we have our smart phones, laptops, iPads, Apple Watches, etc. We are never disconnected from any form of communication anymore. But should we disconnect at times? Especially during meetings? As I walk into meetings these days, it is …

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Save Your Project (with this One Weird Trick)!

I have been doing tech projects for years. My first job in technology was driving around New Jersey in 1990 trying to get retailers to carry Windows 3.0. I used to joke that I was so good at my job, the Department of Justice sued Microsoft for being a monopoly …

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The Agile Enterprise Architect

On your projects, are you working directly with an enterprise architect? Do you receive documentation from an enterprise architect (EA)? Is the enterprise architect a bottleneck for your project design and estimating activities? Are you, like me, more than a little confused about the role of the enterprise architect? A …

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Don’t Throw Away Your Shot: Be A Hamilton Product Manager

Five years ago, nobody really remembered Alexander Hamilton, but with the helping hand of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning musical he has burst back into the spotlight over two hundred years later. While I will agree that Miranda’s songs are incredible, there is not enough focus on Hamilton’s greatest achievement: he got the US …

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