Selecting a Requirements Tool

Although I prefer a solid requirements development and management process over having a really cool requirements tool, I have found that requirements development work on many projects is easier to complete and maintain if you use a tool. Make sure that your selected tool supports your organization’s process for developing and managing requirements. For an overview and […]
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Asking the Right Questions to Elicit the Right Requirements

There are many types of questions used in gathering requirements information. Using all types of questions as part of your user requirements research allows you to organize and discover what the users need and want within the scope of the project. Remember, skilled requirements analysts are experts at asking questions, especially when they don’t know […]
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The BABOK® Requirements Taxonomy

The BABOK® defines a specific taxonomy, or classification scheme, for project requirements.   The levels of requirements in the BABOK® need to be mapped to your existing requirements taxonomy and any associated requirements documents.  To start off, remember that  the standard defines a requirement as a condition or capability needed by a stakeholder to solve a problem or […]
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Writing Industrial Strength Requirements Using the IEEE Checklist

 The industrial strength IEEE well-formed requirements checklist found in IEEE Standard 830-1998 allows us to write well-formed requirements at any level of detail. However, it is one thing to recite the elements in the list and quite another thing to understand and consistently apply them to your requirements writing efforts. Let’s step through each element […]
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Building a Business Analysis Work Plan

I was kicking off a requirements development effort a while back when the project manager asked me for my Business Analysis Work Plan. My what? My BAWP? Sounds like some earned value variable run amok. Seriously, though, there is such a thing and it is becoming more common on projects that recognize the value that […]
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