Author Joy Beatty

Tracking Project Status with Requirements

“How are you coming on implementing that subsystem, Yvette?” asked the project manager, Dave. “Pretty good, Dave. I’m about 90 percent done.” Dave was puzzled. “Didn’t you say you were 90 percent done a couple of weeks ago?” he asked. Yvette replied, “Yes, I thought I was, but now I’m …

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Ask Joy: What if I don’t have a requirements management tool?

Angela asks “For a company without a requirements management tool, can you suggest methods or models for tracking requirements relationships across different workstreams (aka silos)?” Obviously using a tool is best, but unfortunately many companies don’t budget to allow using a tool. Over time, hopefully we can help them see …

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Answers from Joy: When and why do BAs use BPMN?

I recently got a question from Zbigniew of http://bpmtips.com/ to address: “Why, when and how should business analysts use BPMN?” So I love the question about when BAs should use BPMN and I’d add to your question of “when” by also asking “if” they should at all. BPMN is a …

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Specifying Quality Requirements With Planguage

How often has a customer asked you to write software that is user-friendly, robust, fast, or secure? No one will argue that those are worthy goals that everyone wants in their software products. However, they are terrible requirements. They give you no idea of just what “user-friendly” means, or how …

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day – Green Requirements!

Since I’m on a roll with my 2015 holiday posts – in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, let’s talk about making our requirements green. Ok not literally green in color, but the paper-free version “green”. I’m still constantly surprised how many companies are not using requirements management tools. Many business …

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Happy Agile Valentines Day!

Roses are red Violets are blue We’re going agile, How about you? It’s 6 weeks into the year and I know at least a handful of you are working for organizations who set a 2015 initiative to transform IT to agile practices. So how’s it going? Given we are 6 …

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Isn’t Santa really just a Product Manager?

I used to do some fun holiday jingles requirements-style. I fell out of habit with it a few years ago, but luckily they are timeless and can just be reused! That said, I was trying to get in the holiday spirit to try again this year, and I found myself …

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Revealing Invisible Requirements

This blog post was written with Karl Wiegers based on our Software Requirements, 3rd Edition book. No matter how thorough a job you do on requirements elicitation, there is no way to be certain that you have found them all. No little green light comes on to announce “You’re done!” You …

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