Tag: RML

From analysis to delivery: BPM tools as accelerators

From analysis to delivery: BPM tools as accelerators ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

I recently had the opportunity to work with a company that had a long sales and construction process.  In their industry it generally took three months to complete the process, but with this company they knew it was taking much longer.  They were challenged to even measure what their cycle time was with any degree […]

Use Color-coded Models for Creative Communication

Use Color-coded Models for Creative Communication ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

Necessity is the mother of all invention, the cliche goes, and requirements modelling is no exception. Creating ad-hoc color coding within models to effectively communicate within a project team can save time and prevent confusion. As part of our ArgonDigital methodology, we use skittles, or color-coded dots, to convey the extra layers of information as […]

“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 […]

Adding More Dimensions to Your Feature Trees

Adding More Dimensions to Your Feature Trees ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

One of the most useful models we have here at ArgonDigital, at least in my opinion, is the Feature Tree. It allows you to show a high-level view of all the features in a project (ideally on one page) so that stakeholders, analysts and developers alike can ensure a complete set of features and see […]

Modeling Tip: Make Your Process Flow Easy to Review

Modeling Tip: Make Your Process Flow Easy to Review ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

For business analysts, a Process Flow is one of the most straight-forward models to interpret: Process Step 1 is related to Process Step 2, relating to Decision 3, which leads to either Process Step 4 or Process Step 5. Not much mystery there, right? While the flow may be easy to follow for you, there […]

RML® as Guideline, Not Gospel; Creating New or Hybrid Models

RML® as Guideline, Not Gospel; Creating New or Hybrid Models ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

When I first started working at ArgonDigital, I worked extensively on editing our book, Visual Models for Software Requirements. Because of this, I knew the models inside and out and could tell you the “by the book” way to create and derive requirements from any of the 22 models in the book. However, when I […]

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 […]

Business Analyst Tip: Choosing the Right Software Requirements Models for Your Project

Business Analyst Tip: Choosing the Right Software Requirements Models for Your Project ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

Choosing the right software requirements models for the specific demands of your project is very important. ArgonDigital’s quick models look-up grids can help – to use them, download our ZIP file of the RML® model templates through O’Reilly here: https://examples.oreilly.com/9780735667723-files/. The package includes 34 templates and stencils (Microsoft® PowerPoint®, Word, or Excel® files) and quick […]

An Exciting Week for ArgonDigital Business Analyst Training!

An Exciting Week for ArgonDigital Business Analyst Training! ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

It was a full house for ArgonDigital Business Analyst Training last week, and it was so great to meet people from Frontier, USAA, Lincoln Financial Group, and First Command! Going into last week’s training courses, we made changes to the Requirements Visualization course (see this recent post for details) to align the course to our […]

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 […]

RML® Quick Reference: A Cheat Sheet for Business Analysts Doing Requirements Modeling

RML® Quick Reference: A Cheat Sheet for Business Analysts Doing Requirements Modeling ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

Just like how any carpenter cannot create without his hammer, the business analyst needs the right tools to ply his or her craft. Cue the RML® Quick Reference, a handy two-page guide on a requirements modeling language to getting the job done. This reference sheet contains all the main models that we use to seek […]