Tag: requirements analyst

Handle with Care: Software in Use

Handle with Care: Software in Use Decreasing Paper Document Usage - Going Paperless

While standing in line at the bank, the delicate and complex nature of updating live code struck me. The bank’s computer system reloaded as the teller apologized for the inconvenience. In that moment, which would frustrate most people, I found intrigue. Despite the added wait time, I felt as though my job experience helped quell […]

“Just Enough Documentation” for Agile Projects

“Just Enough Documentation” for Agile Projects ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

Companies that make the switch from Waterfall methodologies to Agile struggle with requirements documentation. How much documentation do we need? What kind? When should this documentation be created? Who is creating this documentation? Our experience shows that companies have swung the pendulum too far in terms of both the quantity and quality of documentation when […]

Know Your Worth

Know Your Worth ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

Today, I’d like to talk about what makes us valuable as requirements analysts. As a young professional in this industry, I’ve devoted a fair amount of time to contemplating this topic. Initially, I believed my value was derived from things like taking initiative, attempting to produce flawless deliverables, being prepared for any question I might […]

Geeks with Empathy – The Key Traits a Business Analyst Must Possess

Geeks with Empathy – The Key Traits a Business Analyst Must Possess ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

I recently participated in a Panel Discussion on the state of the Business Analyst Profession held by IIBA of Austin. One of the questions we tackled was the following: “What are the key traits that a Business Analyst must possess?” There are many qualifications and abilities that a good analyst must possess. The ability to […]

Empower Business Analysts to Turn Them Into Product Managers

Empower Business Analysts to Turn Them Into Product Managers ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

The Business Analyst role in most organizations I have worked with is passive and reactive by design.  Analysts are given a feature description and tasked with defining the requirements for the same. The analyst then goes off to perform a set of activities and tasks like elicitation, model creation and requirements definition. Eventually, they create […]

Arsonists in a Field of Straw Men: Elicitation from a Blank Slate

Arsonists in a Field of Straw Men: Elicitation from a Blank Slate ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

On a recent project, I was sitting in a room full of subject matter experts (SMEs), trying to document a business process using the trusty Process Flow model, when trouble struck. Before the meeting, the team was “lucky” enough to discover process flows for the very process we were focusing on; the only issue was […]

When Features Attack!

When Features Attack! ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

As the saying goes, “necessity is the mother of invention”, ArgonDigital’s 10+ year mission to “redefine the way software requirements are created,” was no accident either. While vague, incomplete or incorrect requirements are issues we face every day, the more vexing, expensive, and ever-expanding problem we face is how to battle unnecessary features. It’s surprisingly […]

Incorporating the Software Test Team into the Software Requirements Creation Process – Part 3

Incorporating the Software Test Team into the Software Requirements Creation Process – Part 3 ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

This is the last post in a series on “why incorporate the test team into software requirements creation earlier” – for the first post, click here; for the second post, click here. In the first part of this series on the role Testers can and should play in the requirements creation process, I stated that […]

Incorporating the Software Test Team into the Software Requirements Creation Process – Part 2

Incorporating the Software Test Team into the Software Requirements Creation Process – Part 2 ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

This is the second post in a series on “why incorporate the test team into software requirements creation earlier” – for the first post, click here. The downsides to not integrating the Test organization into the requirements creation process are rework, schedule slippage, scope changes and budget overruns. Bringing the Test team into the picture much […]

Incorporating the Software Test Team into the Software Requirements Creation Process – Part 1

Incorporating the Software Test Team into the Software Requirements Creation Process – Part 1 ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

A lot of the popular literature, training, documentation and processes related to the management of Software Requirements in an organization are typically focused on two constituencies – Users and Developers – and thus miss an important constituency, Testers. User is the catch-all term for anyone who may use the software being created. They typically define […]

SXSW is all most here- Miss us and you’ll miss out!

SXSW is all most here- Miss us and you’ll miss out! ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

We will be at SXSW March 14-17th, we will be exhibiting at Interactive. We are going to have great giveaways including the gradprize of a Samsung Galaxy Tablet.  Be sure to follow us on Twitter during SXSW and check back to find out more. We are also hiring Product Managers and Business Analysts, and entry level Requirements […]