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Going Agile: The Anatomy of a User Story

User stories, a requirements format utilized in Agile software development, are typically formatted with the following template: As a (type of user), I want (some goal), so that (some reason). This template can be modified to suit a project’s need. In this post, we’ll show how user stories themselves can …

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Writing Requirements for Human Beings

On a painfully cold night in February, not long ago, I rounded up several friends and headed down to a slightly moldy church basement on R Street. The plan was to prepare a meal for a nearby women’s shelter. Our enthusiasm ran high; our skill and organization, perhaps not quite …

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Joy Beatty at Better Software Conference West June 10-11

Joy Beatty will present June 10-11, 2012 at the Better Software Conference West. She’ll be part of the Business Analysis and Requirements Workshop, and will be participating in panels and presenting on Requirements Estimation (one of her most popular presentations) and Requirements Modeling. For those planning to attend Better Software …

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10 Tips for Avoiding Reviewer Fatigue

I’ve recently been reviewing a work product that is, frankly, a mess.  Unfortunately, I feel like I’m not providing valuable feedback.  I’ve spent my energy and time straightening out the  confusing weeds, and now have nothing left to look for the real issues and misses.  At Seilevel we have a …

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How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot: Conclusion

Conclusion to the series, “How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot: 7 ways to do software requirements poorly to set your project up for failure and what to do instead.” Short-change Time Spent on Software Requirements or Don’t do Them at All Don’t Listen to Your Customer’s Needs Don’t use …

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Software Requirements And The Use Of Weasel Words

Number 4 in the series, “How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot: 7 ways to do software requirements poorly to set your project up for failure and what to do instead.” Short-change Time Spent on Software Requirements or Don’t do Them at All Don’t Listen to Your Customer’s Needs Don’t …

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Software Requirements Specification Template

We’ve just updated our suggested business requirements document template, though it can be used as a template for any type of requirements specification. You can find it here on our Resources page. One thing we strongly suggest is that you create and update requirements within a requirements management tool and …

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