Tag: requirements gathering

First, break all the requirements

First, break all the requirements ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

What? In 1999, Buckingham and Coffman authored First, Break All the Rules. They used Gallop data from manager interviews to identify how good managers drive employee satisfaction. Internally at ArgonDigital, we use the methodology described in the book for gauging employee satisfaction. People who join us are sometimes surprised by our survey. We ask a number of […]

Finding a New Apartment: Part III

Finding a New Apartment: Part III ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

In Part I of this series, I presented the problem of finding a new apartment while trying to satisfy the desires of my roommates. Creating user personas to detail what really mattered to my roommates, I was able to detail the main ideas surrounding my roommates. In Part II of the series, I used a decision tree […]

Gathering Requirements in a Green Field

Gathering Requirements in a Green Field ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

In my time at ArgonDigital, 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 get to create a solution […]

Tips for Remote Presenting

Tips for Remote Presenting ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

As consultants with clients around Austin and in different cities around the country, we here at ArgonDigital are often required to hold and run online meetings. We have found that desktop sharing applications are an invaluable tool for remote collaboration and can make the difference between a ho-hum meeting and one that is truly productive. […]

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 […]

Requirements Deliverables: Target Your Audience

Requirements Deliverables: Target Your Audience ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

At ArgonDigital, we consistently tout the invaluable benefit of using models in your requirements process.  In many cases, models are more than enough to communicate the intended functionality to all stakeholders.  This is especially true if you have been using models in your process for some time and stakeholders know what to expect.  However, in […]

Requirements in the News: Prison security system fails and releases Florida prisoners from cells

Requirements in the News: Prison security system fails and releases Florida prisoners from cells ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

Poor requirements too often result in delay and expensive rework, but in the case of a Miami prison that repeatedly released all of its maximum security inmates from their cells, missed requirements caused serious injury. As reported by Wired Magazine, on two separate occasions the doors of Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami, Florida […]

How to Win an Argument with your Girlfriend

How to Win an Argument with your Girlfriend ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

As an RA, I have to solve problems by searching through background documents and listening to stakeholders. Every day I am in charge of creating models that help create a successful project. One of the models that we use at ArgonDigital is the Business Objectives Model, to understand what our client’s business problems are and […]

Shakespeare Would Suck at Gathering Requirements

Shakespeare Would Suck at Gathering Requirements ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

In William Shakespeare’s famous play, Romeo and Juliet, Juliet tells her sweet Romeo: “What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet” Short answer in the requirements world: No. If you have ever been tasked with writing software requirements, you may be forced to disagree with our […]

Business Analyst Elicitation Tip: Recreate the Context to Retrieve Information

Business Analyst Elicitation Tip: Recreate the Context to Retrieve Information ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

This software requirements elicitation tip is for every business analyst who’s needed to nudge someone’s memory during elicitation. The other day one of my customers asked “Did you do that thing that someone was going to ask you to do?” Since no one had asked me to take on a new task, I was a […]

Post-SIFMA Tech Expo: New Report on Compliance and Software Requirements

Post-SIFMA Tech Expo: New Report on Compliance and Software Requirements ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

ArgonDigital participated in the SIFMA Tech Expo in New York last week, and it was clear that the financial services industry “gets” the need for software requirements that are complete, accurate, and unambiguous. Many of those we met were not only interested in visual requirements models, but were also interested in the impact of compliance […]