Mastering the Requirements Process

Getting Requirements Right

Mastering the Requirements Process

“If the purpose is to create one of the best books on requirements yet written, the authors have succeeded.” —Capers Jones Software can solve almost any problem. The trick is knowing what the problem is. With about half of all software errors originating in the requirements activity, it is clear that a better understanding of the problem is needed. Getting the requirements right is crucial if we are to build systems that best meet our needs. We know, beyond doubt, that the right requirements produce an end result that is as innovative and beneficial as it can be, and that system development is both effective and efficient. Mastering the Requirements Process: Getting Requirements Right, Third Edition, sets out an industry-proven process for gathering and verifying requirements, regardless of whether you work in a traditional or agile development environment. In this sweeping update of the bestselling guide, the authors show how to discover precisely what the customer wants and needs, in the most efficient manner possible. Features include The Volere requirements process for discovering requirements, for use with both traditional and iterative environments A specification template that can be used as the basis for your own requirements specifications Formality guides that help you funnel your efforts into only the requirements work needed for your particular development environment and project How to make requirements testable using fit criteria Checklists to help identify stakeholders, users, non-functional requirements, and more Methods for reusing requirements and requirements patterns New features include Strategy guides for different environments, including outsourcing Strategies for gathering and implementing requirements for iterative releases “Thinking above the line” to find the real problem How to move from requirements to finding the right solution The Brown Cow model for clearer viewpoints of the system Using story cards as requirements Using the Volere Knowledge Model to help record and communicate requirements Fundamental truths about requirements and system development

Mastering the Requirements Process

Mastering the Requirements Process

Shelf category: Software Engineering Mastering the Requirements ProcessSuzanne Robertson & James Robertson Delivering the software that your customer really wants. "Mastering the Requirements Process and the Volere specification template are real breakthroughs. They introduce the beginnings of science to a domain which had, up till now, been ruled by craft." Tom DeMarcoIt is widely recognized that incorrect requirements account for up to 60% of errors in software products, and yet the majority of software development organizations do not have a formal requirements process. Many organizations appear willing to spend huge amounts on fixing and altering badly-specified software, but seem unwilling to invest a much smaller amount to get the requirements right in the first place. This is a book for those who want to get the right requirements. Mastering the Requirements Process sets out an industry-tested process for gathering and verifying requirements. It provides the techniques and insights for discovering precisely what the customer wants and needs. "Mastering the Requirements Process shows, step by step, template by template, example by example, one well-tested way to assemble a complete, comprehensive requirements process." Gerald WeinbergThe specification template in this book provides the basis for your own requirements specifications. It guides you to the correct specification content as each part of the process reveals different aspects of the products functionality and properties. This book shows you how to make the requirement measurable and testable. By providing a measurement a fit criterion for each requirement, the requirements analyst can describe precisely what the customerwants, the designer can construct a product that exactly matches the requirement, and the tester can determine whether or not the final solution satisfies the requirement."The Robertsons" concept of fit criteria is all by itself worth the investment of your time to read the whole book. Fit criteria and the allied discipline of quality gateways enable you to build requirement sets that are measurable, provably correct and testibly complete." Tom DeMarcoFeatures:7 The Volere requirements process completely specified with a rigorous and detailed model. 7 A specification template that can be used as the basis for your own requirements specifications. 7 The requirements shell used for bringing rigor, tracability and completeness to requirements. 7 Checklists to help identify stakeholders, users, non-functional requirements and more. 7 Trawling techniques for eliciting requirements. 7 How to exploit use cases to determine the best product to build. 7 Reusing requirements and requirements patterns. 7 Examples showing how the techniques and templates are applied in real-world situations. 7 Accessible style, fully cross-referenced, numerous diagrams.The Authors: Suzanne Robertson is a leading figure in the world of systems analysis and requirements modeling. She is the roving ambassador for the British Computer Society"s Reuse Group and is on organizing committees for the International Conference on Software Reuse and Object Technology. James Robertson brings the experience of working and consulting on requirements with several hundred companies to this book. When his busy seminar schedule permits, James advises companies on how to adapt to a world where requirements are paramount. Suzanne andJames are principals of the Atlantic Systems Guild, an international think-tank producing numerous books and seminars that are among the most successful in the software industry.Visit Addison Wesley Longman on the World Wide Web at: http: //www.awl-he.com/computing/http: //www.com/cseng/BarcodeBack of Jacket

Mastering the Requirements Process

Mastering the Requirements Process

"If the purpose is to create one of the best books on requirements yet written, the authors have succeeded." —Capers Jones It is widely recognized that incorrect requirements account for up to 60 percent of errors in software products, and yet the majority of software development organizations do not have a formal requirements process. Many organizations appear willing to spend huge amounts on fixing and altering poorly specified software, but seem unwilling to invest a much smaller amount to get the requirements right in the first place. Mastering the Requirements Process, Second Edition , sets out an industry-proven process for gathering and verifying requirements with an eye toward today's agile development environments. In this total update of the bestselling guide, the authors show how to discover precisely what the customer wants and needs while doing the minimum requirements work according to the project's level of agility. Features include The Volere requirements process—completely specified, and revised for compatibility with agile environments A specification template that can be used as the basis for your own requirements specifications New agility ratings that help you funnel your efforts into only the requirements work needed for your particular development environment and project How to make requirements testable using fit criteria Iterative requirements gathering leading to faster delivery to the client Checklists to help identify stakeholders, users, nonfunctional requirements, and more Details on gathering and implementing requirements for iterative releases An expanded project sociology section for help with identifying and communicating with stakeholders Strategies for exploiting use cases to determine the best product to build Methods for reusing requirements and requirements patterns Examples showing how the techniques and templates are applied in real-world situations

Requirements-led Project Management

Discovering David's Slingshot

Requirements-led Project Management

In their previous book, Mastering the Requirements Process, the Robertsons defined Volere - their widely adopted requirements process. In this second book, they look at the outputs from the requirements process and demonstrate how you can take advantage of the all-important links between requirements and project success.

Determining Project Requirements

Mastering the BABOK and the CBAP Exam

Determining Project Requirements

Good requirements do not come from a tool, or from a customer interview. They come from a repeatable set of processes that take a project from the early idea stage through to the creation of an agreed-upon project and product scope between the customer and the developer.From enterprise analysis and planning requirements gathering to documentation,

Mastering the Job Search Process in Recreation and Leisure Services

Mastering the Job Search Process in Recreation and Leisure Services

Mastering the Job Search Process in Recreation and Leisure Services is a practical guide for those who want to work in the recreation and leisure services field. This book simplifies the process of securing a job or internship by explaining every step from both an employers and applicants point of view. Based on years of experience in hiring, this text offers honest advice on the best job search practices.

Just Enough Requirements Management

Where Software Development Meets Marketing

Just Enough Requirements Management

This is the digital version of the printed book (Copyright © 2005). If you develop software without understanding the requirements, you're wasting your time. On the other hand, if a project spends too much time trying to understand the requirements, it will end up late and/or over-budget. And products that are created by such projects can be just as unsuccessful as those that fail to meet the basic requirements. Instead, every company must make a reasonable trade-off between what's required and what time and resources are available. Finding the right balance for your project may depend on many factors, including the corporate culture, the time-to-market pressure, and the criticality of the application. That is why requirements management—gathering requirements, identifying the "right" ones to satisfy, and documenting them—is essential. Just Enough Requirements Management shows you how to discover, prune, and document requirements when you are subjected to tight schedule constraints. You'll apply just enough process to minimize risks while still achieving desired outcomes. You'll determine how many requirements are just enough to satisfy your customers while still meeting your goals for schedule, budget, and resources. If your project has insufficient resources to satisfy all the requirements of your customers, you must read Just Enough Requirements Management.

NEPA Effectiveness

Mastering the Process

NEPA Effectiveness

Designed for both beginning and seasoned NEPA practitioners, this book guides professionals through the systematic mastery of the National Environmental Policy Act and its regulations. The book, written by NEPA expert Frederic March, is organized around ten themes of actual practice: purposes, documents, analysis, coverage, effectiveness, involvement, application, decisions, agencies, and procedures.

Models in System Design

Models in System Design

Models in System Design tracks the general trend in electronics in terms of size, complexity and difficulty of maintenance. System design is by nature combined with prototyping, mixed domain design, and verification, and it is no surprise that today's modeling and models are used in various levels of system design and verification. In order to deal with constraints induced by volume and complexity, new methods and techniques have been defined. Models in System Design provides an overview of the latest modeling techniques for use by system designers. The first part of the book considers system level design, discussing such issues as abstraction, performance and trade-offs. There is also a section on automating system design. The second part of the book deals with some of the newest aspects of embedded system design. These include co-verification and prototyping. Finally, the book includes a section on the use of the MCSE methodology for hardware/software co-design. Models in System Design will help designers and researchers to understand these latest techniques in system design and as such will be of interest to all involved in embedded system design.

Managing High-intensity Internet Projects

Managing High-intensity Internet Projects

In Managing High-Intensity Internet Projects, Ed Yourdon delivers instant, practical solutions for virtually every challenge you'll face in leading today's high-intensity, Internet-time projects. Yourdon's breakthrough management techniques cover strategies, politics, processes, tools, and the entire development lifecycle - from requirements through coding, monitoring progress through testing and delivery.