Author Joy Beatty

Day 1 RE’06 (update from Joy)

“That’s neat, but…so what?” I noticed myself frequently thinking these words at RE’06. Like Tony, I found myself disappointed that academia seems removed from the practical world of requirements engineering. I believe it’s supposed to work like this – the academics do research in new areas, come up with brilliant …

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Attention to Detail, Who Cares?

I do. And I’m well aware that I get some eye rolls from people who don’t agree – or just don’t have the attention to detail to understand. But really, why DOES it matter?Honestly, I would not harp on this to the extent that I do if I did not …

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Requirements Traceability

Traceability defined I first was introduced to traceability years ago by Karl Wiegers in Software Requirements (First Edition) and was immediately sold on the impact it brings to a project. As important as it is, I noticed that few projects actually did it. I’m in a position now where I …

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Levels of Abstraction in Use Cases

I explored the differences between writing use cases as generic scenarios versus specific scenarios the other day on the Requirements Defined Message Board. I’ve most commonly seen and written use cases in the generic form. However, an alternative is to write them as more specific instances of those scenarios. The …

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Requirements Documentation Standards

We use a set of requirements documentation standards to generate consistency in our writing styles. They should be applied to the documentation produced in the requirements phase of a project, including the requirements, use cases, diagrams and process flows. Instead of writing in individual preferred styles, the entire team writes …

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Gathering Requirements for Migration Projects (Part 2)

On Tuesday I began an overview of the processes behind gathering requirements for a migration project and how these activities differ from a system with new functionality. I began by talking about scope, understanding business needs and working with end users. Although these activities have a lot in common with …

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Measuring product manager performance on internal system products

Last fall, Austin PMM had a discussion around how to measure product manager (PdM) performance. Much of the conversation centered around products developed for external customers and focused on sales or profit metrics. My experience, however, has typically been in product management for internal systems where there are no clear-cut …

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“Shall” we require?

Does anyone know the history of the shall statement in requirements? I hear people now and then complain about that word. I personaly don’t like it as it’s not a commonly used word in English. To that point, a client this week pointed out that when sending requirements off-shore to …

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