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Dan Tasker

The author of two books and numerous articles, Dan recently retired after working and consulting in the IT industry for the past 48 years. He spent the first 10 years working as a developer (called ‘programmer’ back then) in the United States and Canada. This was followed by two years teaching computer programming, database design, and data modelling. The remainder of his career was spent as a business analyst, in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. He continues to be passionate about quality requirements and helping business analysts produce them. He can be contacted at [email protected]

Dan Tasker

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Product Requirements Scenarios

Articles and Posts 6 mins ' 125 Views

Having to tackle product requirements is not always easy especially when faced with a complex business domain.  This task can be less daunting if the practitioner comes prepared with a framework of the types of scenario that (s)he might encounter.  In this article, experienced...

2021-07-11

The Value of a Business Data Dictionary

Articles and Posts 7 mins ' 1474 Views

Part 5 of Dan Tasker’s Requirements in Context series moves on from high-level requirements to detailed requirements, discussing the importance of capturing detailed data-specific business needs in a data dictionary (DD).

2021-03-07

Requirements In Context – The Series

Articles and Posts 4 mins ' 3049 Views

The primary objective of the Requirements In Context series is to help business analysts improve their elicitation and documentation of requirements. It does this by providing a clear distinction between high-level and detailed requirements and, for detailed requirements, offering...

2021-03-06

User Interface and Report Business Needs

Articles and Posts 10 mins ' 3169 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

Articles and Posts 10 mins ' 2851 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

Scope-based High-Level Requirements

Articles and Posts 8 mins ' 2948 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

Requirements Within an Organization’s Functional Context

Articles and Posts 4 mins ' 2612 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

Context is Everything... When It Comes to Requirements

Articles and Posts 4 mins ' 3603 Views 1 Comments

"Context is everything"... at least when it comes to requirements. Regardless of the software development methodology used, the need to deal with requirements is real.  Whether they are called user stories, features, capabilities, use cases, or any other name - understanding,...

2019-12-02

Keeping High-Level Requirements High-Level

Articles and Posts 5 mins ' 3570 Views

The objective of this article is to provide business analysts with guidelines for distinguishing between high-level requirements (HLRs) and detail requirements (in IIBA® BABOK® V3 terms – Stakeholder requirements and Solution requirements respectively).

2019-12-08


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