Business Analyst

Defining Ready: A Checklist for Grooming

Grooming user stories and decomposing features is not always easy. The demands to fill a sprint backlog for an agile feature team in a large enterprise are already immense, and tight project deadlines only compound the issue. Outside stakeholders may not understand the effort it takes to prepare a single …

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Negotiating with Stakeholders

One of the toughest aspects of being a product manager or a business analyst is to get people to agree.  Especially when they have different wants,  ideas and opinions on the features the product must have.  Negotiating with our stakeholders is a must. Of course, part of our job as …

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Be Active in your Career

I once had someone tell me that I am the only one who owns my career. No one else is under any obligation to help me grow, to help me learn more, to do what it takes to get to the next step. Those are words that are so true. …

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Multitasking: Really, Don’t Do It

Kristin’s post Multitasking:  Don’t Do It prompted me to do something I’ve been meaning to do for a while—find the statistic on the percentage of people who actually do effectively multitask. I don’t know if the search gods were friendlier than they were on  my earlier attempts to find it, …

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Knowing How to Use Your (Requirements) Tools

When it comes to any project, the right tool makes all the difference.Whether in woodworking, engineering, or fashion design, having the proper tools makes things easier and more efficient. The same can be said in the world of requirements. The need for requirements tools in the world of IT product development is …

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When Your Job Becomes Your Life

I wanted to  share some interesting thoughts about my job as I approach my one year anniversary here at Seilevel. At first glance, the title might allude to a worker who is frustrated, but I assure you that is not the case. In fact, it is the exact opposite. If …

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The Project-changing Magic of Tidying Up Your Backlog

I’m a sucker for organization trends. Earlier this year, I read The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, and cleaned my entire house in a matter of weeks under a strange neurotic spell. I threw away years of accumulated papers. I trashed expired cold medicine. I donated 4 …

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