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7 Great Tips for Documenting Product Requirements

8 mins ' 3780 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 ' 1827 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 ' 2122 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 ' 3755 Views 1 Comments

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 ' 3548 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 ' 3109 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 ' 3689 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 ' 3189 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 ' 5691 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 ' 2741 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 ' 2859 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 ' 3175 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 ' 3430 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 ' 3223 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

Requirements for Embedded Systems

8 mins ' 8000 Views

Many of us are accustomed to dealing with requirements in the context of software products which run on a personal computer. But what about software that are used by the various other electronic devices around us: driver-less cars, manufacturing robots, your smart home devices, etc? In this...

2019-12-31
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