A must watch video for Business Analyst, Requirements Engineer, Information Architect or whatever terms you call for someone who dealing with requirements in an IT project. Watch this video and you will know how important you are in an organization and a project.
An information architect creates blueprints for your website. Here are some tips in selecting the right person to handle your website redesign.
1. Since the information architect will communicate with your customers, listen for ‘geek speak.’ This way you can identify technical website architects from an information architect who will organze and label rather than write code. Once the blueprint is completed, the information architect will hand it off to the designer, but stay around for the entire redesign project to make sure the plan is executed properly. Unfortunately, too often web designers don’t have much business savvy, nor do they understand SEO or information architecture. Information architecture precedes both design and coding.
2. Information architects conduct usability tests to determine how effectively people complete a task on your site. They don’t discover just how people do things, but why they do them. Moreover, the information architect condusts tests with your target audience on mock-ups of the blueprints they are developing, since when you test labeling and placement on a blueprint, it is far less expensive to make changes than on the final completed website. They’re also testing prioritization, so it fits your customers’ expectations and needs, not the just the marketer’s idea.
3. Finally, watch out for people who are addicted to search engine algorithms – ‘algo-holics.’ Algorithms change, but you want your site based on firm principles that don’t change. To spot such people, listen for the phrase ‘SEO architecture.’ You don’t architect a site for a search engine; you plan it for people.
I am so happy today because i just got certified by International Requirements Engineering Board (IREB ) as a Professional Requirements Engineer. I sat for the CPRE-FL exam about 3 weeks ago at Kuala Lumpur hosted by Malaysia Software Testing Board (MSTB) which is the partner of IREB for my country. What can I say to those who going to sit for the exam is the exam quite tough so you need to understand the concept of ‘requirement engineering’ instead of reading and trying to remember all the terms. The questions are not predictable and based on real situations. So, the best way is to understand the concept and use you logic thinking. 1 more thing, don’t bother looking for the trial questions as you won’t be able to get it in google. The only source you can get for the trial questions is to buy the CPRE app in apple store or android market.Here is the link and info for the app : http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/certified-professional-for/id487045315?mt=8
I already bought the app and believe me there is no single question in the exam same like in the app but you can still use it to help you understanding the concept.
I bet many of you had heard about the term and that’s why you “google” the word and find my blog…hehe. Ok dudes, now I would like to tell you the real meaning of “Information Architecture”. According to Uncle Wiki, “Information Architecture is the art of expressing a model or concept of information used in activities that require explicit details of complex systems” while according to Information Architecture Institute, ” Information Architecture is the art and science of organizing and labeling websites, intranets, online communities and software to support usability”. So, which one is more accurate? Actually, both of it are true and have the same meaning. For me, I imagine that Information architecture like the center part of football field because that’s where the game started and ended. Don’t get what i mean?take a look of the diagram below which show you the roles of an Information Architect…
Holla people on planet earth…my first entry for the blog…Yeahhh, finally I manage to created a blog of my dream..haha (obviously a newbie).Ok guys, nothing much to say, just want to share with you guys some amazing quotes by some amazing men on this planet…
1) “If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good”-Bill Gates
2) “You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them.By the time you get it built,they’ll want something new”-Steve Jobs
3) “I think a simple rule of business is, if you do the things that are easier first, then you can actually make a lot of progress”-Mark Zuckenberg
4) “Confusion and clutter are the failure of design, not the attributes of information”-Edward Tufte
5) “The information is in the people, not in your head”-Edward T. Hall
6) “If you can understand this quote, then you have at least 5% analytical skill in yourself “-Salehudin Said