Category Archives: Management

Follow-up: A Way To Use Jira for Everything?

Today I continue yesterday’s discussion of ways to implement an RTM and my framework using Jira, except this time I want to talk about using Jira for every phase of an effort and not just for implementation and testing. Given … Continue reading

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Jira and Confluence for RTMs and My Framework

I finally finished the Udemy course on Jira and Confluence. As I watched each section of the course I thought about how the capabilities of the two products can be used to represent Requirements Traceability Matrices, and furthermore how they … Continue reading

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Pittsburgh IIBA Meetup: Do You Think You Are a Good Listener? Let Us Surprise You!

This evening’s talk at the Pittsburgh IIBA Meetup was about communication skills. Although there was some discussion about conveying messages the emphasis was on how to receive them. Both are important to business analysts. BAs must provide context for what … Continue reading

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Of Pencils, the Division of Labor, Building Teams, and Knowing What the Heck Is Going On

The conversation at the watering hole after this evening’s CharmCityJS Meetup was interesting as usual. In between talking with and encouraging some of the younger attendees and speakers I spoke with a senior develop about a contract he was finishing … Continue reading

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Who’s the Boss?

An interesting subject came up at the post-presentation hangout of this evening’s CharmCityJS Meetup. I was talking with a fellow attendee about the fact that I’d rather be an analyst, requirements engineer, and architect than a full-time coder (not that … Continue reading

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Nine SDLC Cross-Functional Areas

I met the very impressive Kim Hardy at an IIBA Meetup in Pittsburgh a few weeks ago. She is passionate about relating her insights to people, their needs and values, and how to make them effective, engaged, and happy while … Continue reading

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Addendum To Process Described in Post on Domain-Driven Design

I’ve edited the post from May 11th that describes my preferred project/VV&A methodology. I was reminded, while viewing some excellent presentations at the Project Summit / Business Analyst World conference in DC this week (at which I volunteered) that I … Continue reading

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Domain-Driven Design

At yesterday’s DC PHP Developer’s Community Meetup Andrew Cassell gave a really nice presentation on Domain-Driven Design. He described the major books in the field, some of the main movers and history, and what the idea is all about. In … Continue reading

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How My Core Competencies Map To Working With Customer Systems

I created the figure below while I was working out the requirements for a simulation tool that would support analysis of this kind of system. While this diagram represents a fairly specific example of the set of things I’ve been … Continue reading

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Learn Your Customer’s Culture

Every customer you work with will have an interesting variation in culture, and it’s good to get to know what they are. The differences may be merely interesting, may be motivating, or may be important to how you relate to … Continue reading

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