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Hire for Talent over Experience

Seilevel has fairly selective hiring practices (we hire less than 2% of the people who submit resumes and apply with us).   I estimate that I’ve been involved in the hiring decisions of over 50 people, most of whom I interviewed directly.  Without giving too much away, every candidate who interviews …

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How to be a better ally

Recently, I attended a happy hour with a team of software developers I’d been working with. I looked around the table and realized that I was the only woman in attendance. It startled me because it was unusual, but it led me to consider the slow changes I’ve witnessed to …

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Using Machine Learning to Derive Business Rules

Very nearly every project that we work on as analysts has business rules.  Business rules aren’t functional requirements – they are modifiers to functional requirements.  For example, we may have functional requirements that relate to adjudicating a credit application, and the functional requirement is to take the application in, and …

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I love decision tables!

I’ve been working on a financial services project that has a LOT of complex business rules that are changing to meet regulatory compliance as well as business needs. Over the past couple of months I’ve made a few system flows, but I’ve discovered that the decision table is my best …

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Measuring Value Add

In our last project review, the question was raised “Can you show the value you are adding to this project?”.  My immediate thought was, “Yes, I can put together a Cost Benefit Analysis!”, but it can be really difficult to itemize consulting contributions.  It is pretty straight forward to calculate …

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