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What’s the difference between a user story and a task?

Well that’s an easy question, I thought. I began to think and realized it wasn’t actually such an easy difference after all. I’d been using the two terms, "user story' and “task” for years, and they seemed pretty distinct in my head. User stories were on the ...

How You Gather Requirements Sends a Message!

You are the customer and I am the consultant working with you to develop some software changes for your packaged software. As the consultant I can take two approaches for gathering requirements: Option #1: “What would you like?” An open-ended question that will generate a lot of feed...

Big Thoughts about Big Data

Big Data is Not a Technical Issue, it’s About People For 95 percent of all problems, the technology and tools are available to handle everything you need to do.  It really comes down to people, politics, and policies. The technology is there to implement, but you need buy in, you need...

Following Your Passion During a Job Search

You’re in job search mode and have a solid background in your chosen career.  However, something may be missing in your search.  You may be able to combine your personal passion with your next potential career move.   Whether your passion is a hobby, a charitable endeav...

Meaningful Big Data

For the last year, I’ve been looking for examples about how “Big Data” not just helps, but actually brings changes that transform something—a function, a business model or an industry. The term "Big Data" was reportedly first used 15 years ago, back in 2001 by Gartner. Mo...

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