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The Confusion with COVID-19 Product Requirements

3 mins ' 99 Views

Who knew that hand sanitizer and bleach are going to be some of the most in-demand products in 2020?  With the advent of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and the exponential increase in demand for PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) products, questions are raised about the effectiveness of...

2020-09-14

7 Great Tips for Documenting Product Requirements

8 mins ' 1074 Views

"It's your shot at selling stakeholders on your vision.  Don't waste it." Product requirements are all around us and, in an agile world, it can be everywhere in your organization.  The expansive Product Requirements Documents (PRDs) are long gone and replaced by...

2020-08-30

Requirements Management Software Can Keep Pace with Innovation

3 mins ' 261 Views

Can requirements management software make a difference even in non-software fields such as medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology?  Well, ifThere are innovative companies in this space that are not only transforming the devices and systems they build, but also the technology...

2020-08-08

Packaging Requirements... do they matter?

5 mins ' 596 Views

You and your team have worked so hard making sure you understand your customer's needs, the market opportunities, or the problems you're trying to solve.  Then you spent countless hours developing, testing, and marketing your new product. Only to find out that nobody wants...

2020-07-06

Software Prototyping instead of Requirements Gathering?

4 mins ' 644 Views

Are requirements gathering practices a thing of the past?  How can teams deliver software that meet the expectations of the customer without clearly documenting requirements? In this article,  Meredith Aourtemanche, executive aeditor at Tech Target, argues that a focus on hands-on,...

2020-06-28

User Interface and Report Business Needs

10 mins ' 1370 Views 1 Comments

Part 6 of Dan Tasker’s Requirements in Context series discusses detailed business needs for a user interface (UI) or report, and capturing those needs as detailed requirements in a spreadsheet-based template for user interface.

2020-06-12

High-Level Requirement DOs and DON’Ts

10 mins ' 1268 Views

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 a user story. What is similar about them is that...

2020-06-12

Skills for Requirements Elicitation

4 mins ' 1383 Views

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 requirements elicitation - are good soft skills. During...

2020-05-16

Scope-based High-Level Requirements

8 mins ' 1785 Views

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 functional capabilities are a good source of HLRs.

2020-04-13

5 INCOSE Guidelines That Every Requirement Engineer Should Know

4 mins ' 1726 Views

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

4 mins ' 1499 Views

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

4 mins ' 1528 Views

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

So... What is Design Thinking?

7 mins ' 1685 Views

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…

6 mins ' 2055 Views

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

What's Your Risk Tolerance when Validating Requirements

8 mins ' 1630 Views

In this article, Mark Monteleone tackles the topic of risk tolerance in the context of requirements validation and review. Regardless of methodology (waterfall, agile, scrum-fall), it is common for project stakeholders or their proxies (ex: product owners) to be asked to sign-off, one way or...

2020-01-13
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