sara

Maybe it is not a common feeling that employees working in different fields, organizations and even countries have. However, feeling the “joy” of doing something unique, valuable and beneficial is tightly attached to the work life. It’s where we are “Productive” and where we meet people like colleagues and clients with tons of opportunities to build and enjoy good relations with those who works with us, which is something that can simply bring happiness and adds significance to one’s life, so if you are not happy going to work and just hold negative feelings in your way from home to where you work daily, please consider the following:

  • Communicate:

Take an advantage of being with people who are doing the same thing and heading same destination. In this environment you can express yourself and fulfill the need to feel that what you say has a value in the context of discussion. It will make you feel that you belong to the organization more and work becomes meaningful because you know that your contribution affects the organization that you are affiliated with.

  • Give and Take

Trust your co-workers in the day-to-day interactions, and go for learning new things from those who are around you even if they are younger, less experienced or just are not following your own life style…there will always be something to learn from your colleagues every day.

Find a common ground between you and all those who are sharing work duties with you to become more united with the organization’s mission and the bigger vision.

  • Give credit to others (share the reward)

“Happiness is never complete unless it is shared”, this is an old saying that encourages people to go public with their happy moments. As a reflection, I think it’s a great idea to share your rewards with others who have directly/ indirectly helped you get the reward.

These attitudes will not just make you happier with the reward you get, but will also give you confidence that it will be paid back to you someday when you help others performing better at their work, this definitely enhances the work space and make it more enjoyable.

  • Smile
Rasha

Every one of us is suffering in his/her carrier life from not being able to focus and not being able to complete a task with complete focus, the level of distraction is different from one person to another, but at the end of the day we all suffer from this. One of the very clear and obvious symptoms of the distraction is stopping the current task in hand to go to the social media websites like Facebook and Twitter or leaving your desk to go to do any other task that is not urgent or not important.

At this point, whenever you detect that you are distracted, you should start investing your time focusing on this problem and how to solve it, believe me there is no common solution for this problem that if you apply, everything will get fixed. The solution should be self-originated, but I can tell you my personal experience in this. When I feel that I am distracted, I stop everything that I am doing at this moment and I go to an empty and silent place without people and start thinking about my current situation and I start analyzing why I am distracted. There could be a lot of reasons (personal reasons) but it is better to start thinking of a solution rather than proceeding with work while you are distracted.

The solution of distraction should go in two directions: short term and long term. The short term solution is to list all the not urgent and not important tasks that you do like the social media websites and addiction games then commit to stop them just for 21 consecutive days. The long term solution will be to work on your whole life by making it organized and planned life and this start everyday with you when you wake up, you have to be organized and have a well-defined tasks you do before you go to work, you have to have a priority list, you have to be strict with yourself in the priorities yet flexible on getting things done.

Heidi

According to Carnegie Mellon studies in 2010, 25%-40% of all spending on projects is wasted as a result of re-work, and that 70% - 85% of all project rework costs are due to errors in requirements.

Other studies also show that less than around 50% only of projects are successful, and that a major source of project failure is incomplete, inaccurate, and misunderstood requirements.

As the definition of the Requirements analysis states:

Requirements analysis in systems engineering and software engineering, encompasses those tasks that go into determining the needs or conditions to meet for a new or altered product, taking into account the possibly conflicting requirements of the various stakeholders analyzing, documenting, validating and managing software or system requirements”.File:SE Process.jpg

 

Considering all the previous facts, we perceive the importance and criticality of requirements understanding and acceptance among all the direct/indirect and technical/non-technical stakeholders.

 

On the other hand, studies found that the human brain deciphers image elements simultaneously, while language is decoded in a linear and sequential manner taking more time to process.

Our minds react differently to visual stimuli.

People think using pictures. Dr. Lynell Burmark, Ph.D. Associate at the Thornburg Center for Professional Development and writer of several books and papers on visual literacy, said, "...unless our words, concepts, ideas are hooked onto an image, they will go in one ear, sail through the brain, and go out the other ear. Words are processed by our short-term memory where we can only retain about 7 bits of information (plus or minus 2). Images, on the other hand, go directly into long-term memory where they are permanently etched." Therefore, it is not surprising that it is much easier to show a circle than describe it.

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There is no wonder that the poor boring pure text software requirements documents dis-engaged are neglected among different stakeholders, especially business stakeholders; thus causing the re-work after they saw a visual representation of the text requirements. Here comes the importance of visual project requirements, by incorporating a number of visual elements that increases the value of the requirements analysis and serves the project success such as:

·Visual requirements models using RML which categorizes the models into objectives models, people models, systems models, and data models, known collectively as OPSD.

·Business process

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·Domain diagrams

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·UI mockups

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And a lot more of visual requirements models that we will discuss in future articles….