Tag: Software Development Life Cycle

Is Your Project Truly Agile?

Is Your Project Truly Agile? ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

Agile and Waterfall. Agile is the topic of many blogs just like this. People will tell you horror stories about their experiences with Agile. People spend hours at a time researching and debating about which is the better development method. Some people say waterfall development is a thing of the past. There are so many variations […]

The Most Important Part of A User Story

The Most Important Part of A User Story ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

The last couple of years has seen a wholesale shift in development methodologies among the Fortune 1000 companies from Waterfall to Agile.  It is not an exaggeration to say that the Agile revolution that has been brewing in small companies, startups and web companies for the last decade and a half has finally arrived in […]

“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 […]

Agile is a Cultural Revolution

Agile is a Cultural Revolution ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

Agile is often spoken of a development methodology along the lines of “Agile is a development methodology; other common development methodologies are Waterfall, Iterative, etc.”  This is akin to saying something like “Weightlifting is a means of keeping fit; other common techniques to stay fit are aerobics, swimming, running, walking, etc.” There is nothing inherently […]

Factors of Safety in Requirements Design and Estimation

Factors of Safety in Requirements Design and Estimation ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

When I first started at ArgonDigital, I heard a lot about how requirements are the “foundation” of software development and design. That sounds great and the analogy does hold well in some cases. However, coming from a structural engineering background in school, I’ve begun to ask why we don’t treat requirements estimation and design in […]

Using Predictive Personalization to Enhance Your Products

Using Predictive Personalization to Enhance Your Products ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

Data analytics may seem to be a step removed from software requirements, but it is intertwined with every aspect of the product management lifecycle. Using elicitation with a client to unearth their base needs is an exciting adventure. It is a wide open field, especially when you come prepared with suggestions for your client to build […]

Six Reasons Organizations Don’t Really Measure Project Success

Six Reasons Organizations Don’t Really Measure Project Success ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

If posed with this question, leaders of most organizations will put their own companies into the minority camp that actually measure project success. And in a vast majority of cases, they would be wrong. As I pointed out in a prior post on this topic, there are unfortunately as many ways of measuring success as […]

A Business Analyst’s Checklist for User Acceptance Testing

A Business Analyst’s Checklist for User Acceptance Testing ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

A while ago, Joy wrote a post about how to prep for a UAT (User Acceptance Testing). I would like to add to that, with my own experience, for what is needed in order to prep for a UAT.   I had a client once who was building an internal software product, failed their UAT, […]

Joy Beatty in Information Management’s “DMRadio” and Better Software Conference West Requirements Workshop

Joy Beatty in Information Management’s “DMRadio” and Better Software Conference West Requirements Workshop ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

Joy Beatty, VP of Research at ArgonDigital, participated in a panel discussion on software requirements on Information Management Magazine’s “DMRadio.” If you’d like to listen to the archived discussion, you can find it here: https://bit.ly/zCznao The hour-long interview and discussion was hosted by Eric Kavanagh, CEO at The Bloor Group, and Jim Ericson, editorial director […]

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 […]