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High-Level Requirement DOs and DON’Ts

High-Level Requirement DOs and DON’Ts

Part 4 of Dan Tasker’s Requirements in Context series provides guidelines for what a business analyst should and shouldn’t include in a high-level requirement (HLR). It begins by comparing a formal HLR ‘shall’ statement to...
Skills for Requirements Elicitation

Skills for Requirements Elicitation

Requirements elicitation is one of three main disciplines of Requirements Engineering, complemented by requirements modeling and requirements management. A key success factor for professional Requirements Engineering - and especially for...
Scope-based High-Level Requirements

Scope-based High-Level Requirements

Part 3 of Dan Tasker’s Requirements in Context series continues to look at high-level requirements, narrowing the context to that of a project charted to deliver an IT-bases solution. It discusses how scope statements that identify...

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5 INCOSE Guidelines That Every Requirement Engineer Should Know

The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) outlines a number of guidelines for writing better requirements, 44 to be exact. From avoiding universal quantifiers, superfluous infinitives, and open-ended clauses, to maintaining consistency throughout the document - the INCOSE...

2020-04-16

COVID-19 Impact on Requirements Management

Amid the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world, the ways we work and the ways businesses conduct their day to day activities are rapidly changing.  From grocery stores to hospitals, from schools to houses of workship - "new normal" routines are emerging and,...

2020-03-28

Requirements Within an Organization’s Functional Context

Having established “Business Information Systems” as the context for his series of articles on requirements, Dan Tasker introduces a three-level generic functional model applicable to any organization. The highest level, considered to be “… a view from 10,000...

2020-01-20

Middle-Out or Inside-Out Systems Engineering

What do you do when you're tasked with modifying a larger existing platform or when there is no time for a top-down or buttom-up design approach?  The answer may just be Middle-Out Design also known as Inside-Out Design.

2020-01-20

So... What is Design Thinking?

Why Design Thinking?  Because it's time we stop assuming what the customer wants, how the user might use your product, or that we know the best way to solve a given problem. While the concept of design thinking has been around for a while, the advent of the digital...

2020-01-20

Want to Be a Stellar Product Manager? Find the Right Company…

You may be an aspiring product manager or may have been in that role for many years but do you know that it takes to be a great product manager? Product management sounds glamorous.  You get to steer a product in any direction you want like the captain of a seaworthy vessel, weathering...

2019-12-31

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What is Requirements Traceability?

What is Requirements Traceability?

Requirements traceability refers to the capability of a requirements management process or tool which enables the process participant or tool user to follow the life of a requirement both forwards and backwards.  It also refers the the...
What are Product Requirements?

What are Product Requirements?

To meet the new challenges - today’s companies will have to change their strategies and to increase the customer experience - in order to get a better chance of succeeding in the future. Finding and maintaining a balance between operations,...
Requirements Glossary from A to Z

Requirements Glossary from A to Z

A Glossary documents the terms which are specific to a given domain, project, or endeavor.  Whether your project is large or small, a glossary of terms will ensure your entire team and your team's stakeholders are on the same page and...
What are Report Requirements?

What are Report Requirements?

A user of almost any given software system or business application will require precise analytics in order to objectively measure its effectiveness, or the effectiveness of an associated product. These analytics –or reports—therefore,...

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Adrian M. commented on Context is Everything... When It Comes to Requirements

Great article series on requirements! Thank you Dan for your insights.

Requirements Staff commented on What is Requirements Prioritization?

Once an analyst has chosen the method(s) by which to select which requirements have highest priority, she should turn to her colleagues and other stakeholders for input to ensure that everyone is in agreement regarding the emphases of the project. She should also ensure that they understand and agree on the method(s) by which the requirements will be prioritized.

Requirements Staff commented on What is Requirements Prioritization?

When it comes to the process of assigning a requirement’s priority, any requirement may be prioritized at any point in its lifecycle, according to BABOK. But regardless of when it is done, before a requirement can be prioritized, an analyst must consider what is most important from a business standpoint. There are a number of possible business considerations , including value, cost, risk, difficulty of implementation, likelihood of success, stakeholder agreement and urgency, each of which is described in more detail below. Often, a combination of these methods is used when considering the business need; rarely is one alone used in a vacuum.