On-Demand Webinar: Evolving Your Product Development Practices for the Internet of Things

Thanks to everyone who participated in the “Evolving Your Product Development Practices for the Internet of Things” webinar. The webinar recording is now available if you weren’t able to attend or if you would like to watch it again. Additionally, the questions and answers from the webinar follow the video.

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This Ugly Whiteboard Explains the Business Analyst Productivity Black Hole

Our graphic designer is on vacation, so I had got to create my own graphics today! My next project is to help repair the “Ecce Homo” fresco that was recently botched in Spain.

The life of a business analyst

What you’ll notice here is that there’s a black hole developing in your BA’s inbox. The better your customers are at responding to requirement reviews, the more productivity is sucked out of their day. Instead of delivering requirements to the development team or figuring out what’s going to be in the next sprint, your BAs are busy reviewing Word documents and making clerical updates.

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Pull Project Sponsors & Stakeholders Into the Requirements Review Process

How are you managing requirement reviews with project sponsors and stakeholders? We’ve worked with several  TestTrack customers recently who have shortened the feedback loop with the new web-based TestTrack RM Reviewer.

During the project planning process, sponsors and stakeholders need to be consulted at regular intervals to ensure the project is on course to meet their objectives in delivering value to the business. Formal sign-off on requirements is also a common step in the planning process, at which point the team can begin implementation. Engaging with those folks for review and sign-off isn’t complicated; you send them an email or schedule a meeting to walk through project requirements then badger follow-up until they provide feedback. In working with customers over the past few months who were looking at the TestTrack RM Reviewer web client, we’ve found a couple common areas of inefficiency that can be alleviated with TestTrack RM Reviewer.

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Grouping Workflow States For Easier Reporting and Tracking

In a recent post about “watching” approved requirements, I presented a simple workflow for moving requirements through the development process. In the real-world though, we see customers using more granular workflows to  accurately gauge progress and track changes throughout the lifecycle. These workflows work great for folks down in the trenches of the project, but don’t always translate as you report on that progress up the chain.

Look at the slightly more complicated workflow below, where we’ve expanded the review cycle to better track where a requirement is in the review/approval loop.

Expanded workflow, with detailed review/approve progress tracking

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