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Oct 13, 2019
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Estimation is a chronically thorny issue for software practitioners. Most people need to prepare estimates for the work they do, but in our industry we don’t do a great job of estimation. In this article I offer six safety tips to keep in mind as you prepare estimates for your project and for ...
Estimation is a chronically thorny issue for software practitioners. Most people need to prepare estimates for the work they do, but in our industry we don’t do a great job o...
The ethics behind accessibility is possibly not something you have considered before. I think many would categorise an accessibility tool as something that; ‘makes life easie...
The previous article in this series discussed ensuring that high-level requirements (HLRs), within the context of an IT-based project, were properly high level. The remainder of ar...

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A whitepaper written by requirements expert Ellen Gottesdiener of EBG Consulting (www.ebgconsulting.com) for IBM/Rational Software. As an analyst, you have the crucial task of defining the requirements for software that is to be built or acquired. Your task is crucial for a number of reasons. If software teams fail to define excellent requirements...
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A set of 25 serious (and somewhat cynical) guides for abusing use cases by requirements expert Ellen Gottesdiener, of EBG Consulting, Inc. (www.ebgconsulting.com). Author: Ellen Gottesdiener
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In the Unified Modeling Language (UML), use cases are visually represented as ellipses. However, in spite of its popularity and size, UML has little of practical use to offer modelers beyond this simple iconic representation. Trying to capture and present requirements using just use case diagrams can often render the otherwise useful technique of u...
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A fundamental reality of application development is that the user interface is the system to the users. What users want is for developers to build applications that meet their needs and that are easy to use. Too many developers think that they are artistic geniuses – they do not bother to follow user interface design standards or invest the e...
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A multitude of sins can be hidden behind the phrase “living document.” You can submit documents that are incomplete or inconsistent as long as you promise to fix it later. In this month’s issue of Strategic Software Engineering, I want to talk about the strategic importance of being realistic about the state of knowledge, plans an...
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Beverley Head interviews Australian CIOs and Technology managers on the role of the business analyst. Insights like: "I find that business analysts are more critical (thinking) than project managers." "...finding an equally business savvy and IT smart business analyst is unlikely." "Success for the business analyst is...
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What: Describes the CBAP (Certified Business Analysis Professional) certification, What: Knowledge Areas of the IIBA's BABOK (Business Analysis Boyd of Knowledge), Why: List some benefits of having a CBAP (Certified Business Analysis Professional) certification, How: Locate the CBAP certification requirements, How: Learn some tips to help ...
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In part 1 of this article EBG Consulting's Ellen Gottesdiener discussed the need to adapt your requirements practices to your product and project. In part 2, she explores additional issues for tailoring requirements development and management. Author: Ellen Gottesdiener
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Should your requirements practices embrace the change-driven approach of agile methods--lightweight models, minimal documentation, and little process? Or should you take a risk-driven approach--robust models, careful validation, and rich documentation? In this two-part weekly column, EBG Consulting's Ellen Gottesdiener explains that you should tail...
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Read about the lively Use Case Panel: Discussion Among the Gurus - a panel held at the 2002 Rational Users Conference. "Doug Rosenberg wouldn't have a 20-page use case. Ian Spence would. But, as Ellen Gottesdiener reminded the panel, it's not all about size. Welcome to the Use Case Panel: Discussion Among Use Case Gurus. And what a panel it ...
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Years of experience in defining requirements have led to the development of a number of techniques and models to assist in the process. Among these, perhaps the most well-known model is the use case, the focus of this paper. If you have experience with use cases, you know how pivotal they are for supporting many project activities, and you may be ...
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Just how important is it to fully develop your project’s requirements? After all, nailing down your requirements usually takes only 8% to 15% of your overall project effort. Truth be told, it’s not really something you’ll want to spend your resources and energy on—unless, that is, you care at all about the quality of your pr...
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This article explores the top nine reasons the author, requirements expert Ellen Gottesdiener, has heard for NOT doing requirements right -- and how to address these reasons in response.  Author: Ellen Gottesdiener
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Systems analysts research, plan, and recommend software and system choices to meet their client organizations’ business requirements. Systems analysts primarily function as links between vendors and organizations. They develop cost analyses, system designs, and implementation schedules. They also study the feasibility of computer systems befo...
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In the larger context of life, it is very clear that negotiation skills are very important and that those that have them are better off than those who don’t. What about in business analysis? Are negotiation skills important? The answer is an emphatic: YES! You bet they are! Business analysts negotiate or facilitate negotiations at...
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