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Posts about how to gather requirements and manage meetings

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Tools for Understanding Stakeholders: A Case Study

I recently wrote about a critical, yet often overlooked, step in improving products: developing a true understanding of stakeholders. This week, I want to delve into a case study to demonstrate why this phase of development is so essential. Let’s say I am working with a hypothetical national non-profit with …

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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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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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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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The Platinum Rule– It’s worth checking out

A group of us were talking about varying communication style based on your audience and one of my colleagues related the following story: she depended on a person to provide report mock ups for her user stories. This person was driving her crazy, because she would send a detailed list …

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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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Don’t Ask Stupid Questions

Everyone knows the saying, “There is no such thing as a stupid question.” But a conversation with a coworker at Seilevel has made me reevaluate that. Questions are never stupid. In fact, I would argue questions are signs of intelligence. You don’t know what you don’t know, but if you can identify the …

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Ignore tasks, focus on decisions.

We all have our reasons for using a piece of software. Maybe it makes staying in touch easier, maybe it helps organize, or for that matter, make us money, maybe it’s just fun to interact with…whatever those reasons may be, the drive to get things done is not, and cannot …

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Gathering Requirements in a Green Field

In my time at Seilevel, I’ve had a chance to work with a number of different clients, operating in a range of industries. Oftentimes, these clients begin projects with a number of legacy systems that need updated or integrated with; it is a rare opportunity for a project team to …

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