Elicitation

Posts about how to gather requirements and manage meetings

What Comes After Why?

As Product Managers, one of our roles seems to be to channel a 2 year old and ask “why, why, why”. Once we have gathered information, the team needs to make decisions. Sometimes we, the product managers, need to make recommendations and drive to decisions. How can we do this …

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JAD Sessions Part 2 – Roles

JAD Session Part 1 is here. JAD Sessions have clearly defined participant roles. Each person has a critical part to play to make the session successful. Because of the short timeline (3-5 days) participants must be absolutely clear on how the JAD session will work and what their roles and …

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JAD Sessions Part 1 – The Need

A few years ago Joint Application Design (JAD) was all the rage, however lately I have heard nary a peep from the JAD front until recently. As a result of a couple of customer requests for JAD, I thought it would be appropriate to discuss JAD. Like most processes JAD …

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Finding missing requirements

I went to a two day requirements training course the last week which did a great job of covering the basics of requirements. The course was taught by Cheryl Hill at Compliance Automation . I thought the content was great, but that there was a hole in their methodology for …

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Want to know what to build? You just have to ask…

Asking effective questions is undoubtedly one of the most critical skills needed by anyone involved in writing requirements. One-on-one it’s usually called interviewing while group sessions typically involve facilitation. Regardless of the label you apply to it, the simple act of asking a question is actually anything but.Esther Derby wrote …

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