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Marketing has a New Lean Diet

October 5, 2012 by


In today’s economic climate, it’s not uncommon for organizations to drastically cut their marketing budgets in an effort to improve their bottom line. And yet, during this fiscal downturn, the need is even more prevalent to reach consumers, improve branding and broaden market shares. Marketing staff must find ways to identify opportunities in both new […]

Function over Form – Don’t go Delores on me!

March 12, 2012 by


Over the last several months I had the opportunity to work alongside some wonderful people doing some great things.  From time to time a quirk surfaced.  I love quirks because they’re opportunities to grow. One quirk I saw I’ll call “Delores Umbridge” – in honor of the character from Harry Potter.  Delores was a most […]

Stand up meetings – not just for software or Agile anymore

February 20, 2012 by


Stand up.  Sit down.  Which is better for the team, productivity, your company? The trend is stand up for a short burst of action and accountability among all types of business teams.  A hall-mark of rapid software development (1990’s) and Agile (manifesto in 2001 onward) the stand up meeting has progressed rapidly beyond software, to […]

YAGNI – You Ain’t Going to Need It – anyway.

November 6, 2011 by


  In the midst of some infrastructure / application remediation work for a great client in Omaha (insurance company) the concept of YAGNI came to mind.   There’s a couple of quick reads for you. First a sort of “anti hero” opinion piece from one of the early members of Borland (Mike Rozlog) who apparently still holds […]

Pragnalysis team announce launch of free Requirements Management Software Tool – “ReqLine”

May 16, 2011 by


On medium and large scale projects, requirements management can become a difficult overhead.  Teams that rely on spreadsheet and word-processing software to create and manage requirements documents often find it difficult to maintain the traceability and inter-dependencies between requirements.   We all know the value of tracing, tracking and maintaining our requirements documents, but until now […]

Business Analysis Technique #3 – Brainstorming

March 1, 2011 by


The whiteboard.  The dry eraser.  The multi-color pens.  The overbearing meeting participant.  Those four things often come together when thinking of brainstorming.  It’s a technique among multiple management nexus disciplines and at the heart of agile, business analysis and project management. It can produce great results from a team. The Business Analysis Body of Knowledge […]

Lean Startup (for product and software development)

February 21, 2011 by


The tenth anniversary of Agile is upon us.  We just concluded a 12 part review of the Agile Manifesto. Agile was a software development out to business, innovation.  Or it could have been called “geeks to execs”.  Now for a fast forward, to today. Emerging trends and practices include those that fuse business, design and […]