Tag: stakeholders

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 […]

Don’t Throw Away Your Shot: Be A Hamilton Product Manager

Don’t Throw Away Your Shot: Be A Hamilton Product Manager ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

Five years ago, nobody really remembered Alexander Hamilton, but with the helping hand of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning musical he has burst back into the spotlight over two hundred years later. While I will agree that Miranda’s songs are incredible, there is not enough focus on Hamilton’s greatest achievement: he got the US Constitution ratified! He brought the […]

Requirements – What’s the Big Deal????

Requirements – What’s the Big Deal???? ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

Note: this is an update to this blog originally published in 2012. Preparing for the future A constant throughout the evolution of systems engineering is an ever-increasing complexity of systems which can be observed in terms of the number of system functions, components, and interfaces and their non-linear interactions and emergent properties. Each of these […]

Implementing a Requirements Development and Management Processes

Implementing a Requirements Development and Management Processes ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

Note this is an update to this blog originally posted in 2013. A major challenge to implementing the chosen RDM capability for your organization and project is convincing management and co-workers that it is time to implement or perhaps improve your organization’s RDM capabilities and knocking down the walls of resistance.  I have heard many reasons […]

Agile and Requirement–Driven Product Development

Agile and Requirement–Driven Product Development ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

My previous blog described “Requirement-Driven Product Development” (RDPD). One of my readers asked a very important and well-formed question: “Lou, nice article. Are there any specializations to the approach for software systems? Would you say that Scrum process is consistent with RDPD? I expect that everyone agrees that requirements must drive development. The controversy is […]

Homer Simpson, Difficult Stakeholder

Homer Simpson, Difficult Stakeholder ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

I am a firm believer that any situation in life or in business can be traced to an episode of either The Simpsons or Seinfeld. In The Simpsons season 2 episode “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou,” the patriarch of the Simpson family designs a car, which provides a surprisingly sophisticated look into project team dynamics. […]

Requirement–Driven Product Development

Requirement–Driven Product Development ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

I think it is safe to say that everyone that leads or is part of a product development project starts out with the intention of delivering a winning product. We define a winning product as a product that delivers what is needed, with the expected quality, within schedule and budget constraints. To deliver winning products, […]

Educating the Business on what a Business Analyst Does

Educating the Business on what a Business Analyst Does ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

I’ve got a new project where my main subject matter expert, John, is relatively new in his career.  This is the first “IT” project that John has been involved in, and this is the first time that he has ever worked with a business analyst. And it has been fun educating John on what a business analyst […]

Managing Stakeholders Expectations- What to do when your SMEs think your project will solve all their problems….

Managing Stakeholders Expectations- What to do when your SMEs think your project will solve all their problems…. ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

There are lots of times that stakeholders have unrealistic expectations and that you, as the product manager/business analyst will have to manage them so that the scope of the project doesn’t balloon out of proportion. In this blog post, however, I am going to speak to a very specific type of stakeholder expectation: that your […]

Should the “testors” be involved in requirements development?

Should the “testors” be involved in requirements development? ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

On more than one occasion, I have been asked about early involvement of the test team.  To paraphrase a most recent question, I was asked:: “I have studied different articles about this new tendency of involving testers earlier in the project, namely during requirements analysis.  This early involvement means that the tester gives input as […]

Medical Device Development and ArgonDigital

Medical Device Development and ArgonDigital ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

We are frequently asked whether or not the training we offer is specifically geared to the medical device industry or if our training is generic.  The short answer – our instructors have extensive experience in providing training for the medical device industry.  We have taught both our standard courses as well as tailored classes for […]

Why are we doing what we are Doing?

Why are we doing what we are Doing? ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

A common problem we see on new projects is people jump into writing requirements without first answering the question “Why are we doing what we are doing?”  Many challenged projects (e.g., over budget, behind schedule, not meeting quality standards) can trace their difficulties to the very beginning of the project where there was a failure […]