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Regression Testing in an Agile Environment

Developing complex software for enterprises using Agile development methodologies has presented some unique challenges, especially in the area of regression testing. This is particularly true in the Financial Services sector where extremely thorough and extensive regression is required and, in many cases, dictated by Compliance and Regulatory needs. For legacy …

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Digitization and Our Future

Digitization has been a huge buzz word this year. I’ve heard some people equate it to another Industrial Revolution: the Digital Industrial Revolution. What is digitization? What does that mean? What is the Internet of Things or the Internet of Everything? How will I be impacted? These are all great …

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Ratio of Developers to Analysts in Agile

Conventional wisdom generally holds that the ratio of developers to analysts in an Agile framework is about 4:1 or 3:1. In essence, it says that 1 analyst can support the work of 3 or 4 full time developers working on a project. For Waterfall projects, this ratio is higher and …

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A Tale of Two Consultings

Before I joined Seilevel and became a Requirements/Software Development Consultant, I worked as an Engineering Consultant for an oil field services company that specialized in heavy lift systems.  Of course there are a lot of similar functions as expected, but I have noticed some differences.  The main difference that I want …

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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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The Most Important Part of A User Story

The last couple of years has seen a wholesale shift in development methodologies among the Fortune 1000 companies from Waterfall to Agile.  It is not an exaggeration to say that the Agile revolution that has been brewing in small companies, startups and web companies for the last decade and a …

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Agile Requirements Document

At Seilevel, on our Agile projects we have introduced a project artifact called the Agile Requirements Document or ARD that we create during the planning phase of a project.  We have done this on several projects and have had good success with it.  An ARD is conceptually similar in some …

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Product Roadmaps for Internal Software Products

When I was a product manager for a commercial software company, one of the things that we regularly created was product roadmaps. These were tied to the vision for the product, and how we thought we could reach that vision. All requests to change our product were evaluated against our …

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