requirements documentation

How do you determine if you have a business rule?

On a recent client’s project, we were asked to help in the effort of creating a system to automate much of the current manual processes.  In order to capture the requirements this also meant that we were documenting the business rules that were currently being used.  When I started the project, …

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BluePrint Tool

I attended a talk by folks from BluePrint and LexisNexis at BAWorld on Tuesday. The first bit of the talk was just an intro to agile and why it is useful on the projects. The part that I found most interesting was from someone who owned business analysis on lawyers.com …

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Out of Scope Out of Mind

Be wary the out of scope feature pile. Sure it is a quick and easy way to kill off an entire new project’s worth of work, but did you kill it the right way? Make sure that when moving requirements to an out of scope status that the reasons for …

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Controlling Changing Software Requirements

The CCB (Change Control Board). It is their responsibility to oversee and approve any proposed changes to your software project. They’re officially in charge of moving the cheese around – or approving completely new cheese. Once they get to work, your nice, safe plate of Pepper Jack could morph overnight …

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ProductCamp Austin Is Almost Here!

ProductCamp Austin is coming in a couple of weeks – it’s a “collaborative un-conference/workshop on Product Management and Marketing topics.” It’s free to attend! Seilevel will be sponsoring the event and offering up a volunteer to photograph the event! We’ll put the pictures on Flickr for everyone to see after. …

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Is Your Halo Blocking Your (Requirements) Vision?

There is a correlation between projects that meet documented needs (but not the business needs) and the ‘Halo Effect’. The Halo Effect, as defined by the American Heritage Dictionary, is “an effect whereby the perception of positive qualities in one thing or part gives rise to the perception of similar …

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Documented Requirements ARE Necessary

It all started with the recent CIO article Fixing the Requirements Mess. A comment by Christopher Creel (halfway down the page) was then put on the Requirements Defined Message Board. After reading Mr. Creel’s comments, and the other postings, I think people are missing the main problem with his argument. …

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