Tag: requirements visualization

An Exercise in Documenting Current State: Reddit and the Decision Tree

An Exercise in Documenting Current State: Reddit and the Decision Tree ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

An exercise in documenting current state: reddit and the decision tree In an earlier post I detailed how you can use RML models to document the current state of your systems and processes by using a Business Data Diagram to illustrate the hierarchy and relationship of objects on the popular content website Reddit.com. In this […]

Requirements Models for Product Development: Helping out the Dorm-Room Entrepreneur

Requirements Models for Product Development: Helping out the Dorm-Room Entrepreneur ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

If you look at the role of requirements in a business, there is obvious value: expectations and goals are managed properly, work is organized and documented for effective communication, business reasoning and value is used to shape the software a business needs to do what it does best. However, there are times when business analysis […]

Business Analyst Tip: Color Does Matter

Business Analyst Tip: Color Does Matter ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

The other day, a business analyst showed me some process flows which used a black font for text and dark orange and dark blue for the fill colors. The data looked something like this: lovely in design; impossible to read. My immediate reaction was to think about the colors—I found them somewhat painful to look at […]

Bringing Creativity to Business Analysis

Bringing Creativity to Business Analysis ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

Being a business analyst, I think it is fair to say, is not the most creative profession out there. We do have opportunities to write clear requirements, create interesting PowerPoint presentations from time to time, and choose an ingenious font color scheme to make status reports exciting and readable. But most of our time is […]

IIBA Endorsed Training Opportunities

IIBA Endorsed Training Opportunities ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

ArgonDigital is kicking off 2013 with two training opportunities, one in New York and another in Iowa. We’ll be in each location for three days, and students can select from three classes (but we hope you’ll take all three). Locations/Dates: Des Moines: February 4-6 New York City: February 11-13 Los Angeles: March 19-21 The classes we’re […]

Visual Models Save Lives: How a Decision Tree Revolutionized Heart Attack Diagnosis

Visual Models Save Lives: How a Decision Tree Revolutionized Heart Attack Diagnosis ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

Beyond adding visual flair to a requirements document, visual models enable what Malcolm Gladwell, in his book Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, calls “rapid cognition.” By streamlining information about any topic, visual models allow us to cut straight to the point without spending time sifting through unnecessary details. It’s hard to find a […]

Requirements Models: Decision Trees and Decision Tables, a Choose Your Own Adventure™ Blog! Part 2 of 2

Requirements Models: Decision Trees and Decision Tables, a Choose Your Own Adventure™ Blog! Part 2 of 2 ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

Welcome back! If you chose to read about Decision Tables in Part 1, go to paragraph 2 below. If you are continuing your journey from Decision Trees, go to paragraph 3 below. 2. Ah, you chose Decision Tables, a more compact method to view all of the available decisions at once. I created the Decision […]

Joy Beatty at Better Software Conference West June 10-11

Joy Beatty at Better Software Conference West June 10-11 ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

Joy Beatty will present June 10-11, 2012 at the Better Software Conference West. She’ll be part of the Business Analysis and Requirements Workshop, and will be participating in panels and presenting on Requirements Estimation (one of her most popular presentations) and Requirements Modeling. For those planning to attend Better Software West, you can register now […]

Preview of the Outline for Visual Models for Software Requirements

Preview of the Outline for Visual Models for Software Requirements ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

Tony and I have a new book coming out in June: Visual Models for Software Requirements! Here is a sneak peek at what to expect. We start with an introduction to visualization in software requirements to explain what we mean by “models,” what the requirements modeling language (RML®) is, and why models are so important. […]

Visual Models for Software Requirements: Now Available on Amazon

Visual Models for Software Requirements: Now Available on Amazon ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

Joy Beatty and Anthony Chen are co-authoring a book for Microsoft Press, and Visual Models for Software Requirements is now available for advance ordering on Amazon. This book will help business analysts, business analyst teams, and IT product managers apply best practices for capturing, analyzing, and implementing software requirements through visual models—and deliver better results […]

Software Requirements and M&A IT Integration

Software Requirements and M&A IT Integration ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

The IT side of M&A integration involves much more than an integration of IT systems; due to the business risk involved, and in the effort to create value from the M&A, it will demand complete, accurate, consumable software requirements. Done properly, it should really start with a negotiation of business needs, with the system integration […]

Business Analyst Tip: Overload Software Requirements Models with Care

Business Analyst Tip: Overload Software Requirements Models with Care ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

In Learning to Use Visual Requirements Models: Adding Context by “Overloading” the Business Data Diagram, the author tells us how to overload a Business Data Diagram (BDD).  One of the main goals with visual software requirements models is effective communication, so I tend to be “for” anything that furthers the cause. When I look at the author’s […]