Tag: software requirements

Evaluating Candidate COTS Packages – adapted from Software Requirements, 3rd Edition

Evaluating Candidate COTS Packages – adapted from Software Requirements, 3rd Edition

How to Evaluate and Select the Right COTS Solution Some organizations acquire and adapt commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) packaged solutions to meet their software needs, instead of building new systems from scratch. Software as a service (SaaS), or cloud based solutions, are also readily available to meet software needs as well. Whether you’re purchasing a package […]

Virtual Training? That’s a Yes

Virtual Training? That’s a Yes

Working from home, flexible work, and virtual meetings and classes have become routine over the past couple of years. You still need great training opportunities for your team but sending them across town or across the country for a week of in-person classes may not be feasible for you. When COVID lockdowns first made face-to-face […]

Non-Functional Requirements (Interoperability):

Non-Functional Requirements (Interoperability):

In the sea of non-functional requirements, interoperability is defined as how easily a system can share information and exchange data with other systems and external hardware. Interoperability is often overlooked, much like other non-functional requirements because analysts and stakeholders often focus on the application’s functional requirements rather than the semantics of information. However, interoperability can play […]

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 […]

Business Objectives: We Must Understand Them

Business Objectives: We Must Understand Them

I spoke at the PMI-OC Personal Development Day Conference, talking about delivering value on our projects. The talk covered whether or not we measure the right things for projects, and about the importance of understanding and driving toward business objectives. Now this being a PMI conference, there were all sorts of project managers attending. Most […]

Foundational Business Analysis Training

Foundational Business Analysis Training

  “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills It should come as no surprise that if you change your requirements after you deploy, it costs A LOT more. Here’s a fun (read scary) fact: 65% of features stakeholders define for a product are rarely, if ever, used.  It does not […]

Improving User Experience and Retention with the Activation Funnel

Improving User Experience and Retention with the Activation Funnel ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

Failure to retain users, or churn, is a major problem plaguing consumer software applications. The average application loses the majority of users who download it within one day, and many of these users abandon the app even before experiencing the value that the app offers. To combat early churn, many product managers measure and optimize […]

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 […]

PM Podcast – How to Write Excellent User Stories

PM Podcast – How to Write Excellent User Stories ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

Recently, I was able to speak at the Project Management Institute (PMI)® Global Conference 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. During the conference I participated in an interview for a PM Podcast; it was recently published. Here is the introduction to the podcast, with a link to the podcast at the end. I hope you enjoy it! Episode […]

ATX Wave of Transformation

ATX Wave of Transformation ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

ArgonDigital recently held an event in Austin focusing on driving transformation in organizations.  It was a terrific event; anyone who follows me or ArgonDigital on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook saw various pictures and comments from the event as it was happening.  I know I learned a lot! We did livestream the event for those who […]