How You Can Avoid the User Requirements Dance

Asking questions is the only way to find out what the “real” user requirements are — what the other person really wants. But there’s a great deal more to asking the right questions than knowing the difference between open-ended and close-ended questions (in fact, there’s really no such thing as a truly open-ended question). Here’s what to ask that will let the […]
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Get Involved with PMI’s New Practice Standard for Requirements Management


There sure are many opportunities for all you project managers and business analysts who are crazy about requirements to get involved with developing or reviewing new standards focusing on exactly that discipline.  I mentioned one opportunity in an earlier post about the current time window for public review of the IIBA’s new version 3 of the BABOK® Guide. Well, here […]
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Project Outsourcing Does Not Equal Simplicity

How’s that project outsourcing working for you? In my experience, entire projects or just some of the project work can be outsourced for a number of reasons.  Sometimes organizations are required to outsource project work due to a lack of resources, lack of skills or a need to reduce costs. Whatever the reason for outsourcing […]
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Building a “Just Right” Set of Project Requirements

How hard can building a complete, comprehensive, consistent, and understandable set of project requirements be? We all know that our project requirements should not just be a jumble of information.  The trick is making sure that we structure and organize those requirements properly so they define what is needed at the correct level of detail. Effective […]
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Developing Transition Requirements

A successful project ends with a controlled close to make sure that the solution transitions to its operational business use as seamlessly as possible. In the BABOK® Guide, the Solution Assessment and Validation knowledge area focuses on ensuring a solution is successfully implemented.  After all, if we can’t produce the desired end result of our […]
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