Author Joy Beatty

Requirements in Supplier Selection Projects

If you know ahead of time that the software is going to be purchased instead of built, how does the requirements process differ from that of a standard development project? I think a key difference in a supplier selection project comes from the fact that you are buying functionality that …

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There isn’t just one way

On a recent international trip, our team of requirements engineers had some amusing adventures. I’m going to share the story simply because it’s fun, and then I’m going to actually tie it into requirements, so stick with me on this one! Our team consisted of resources that we’ll call RE1, …

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College Curriculum for Requirements Analysts

On Day 3 of RE’06, I attended a practice talk called “Requirements Engineering: An Industrial Perspective”. Brian Berenbach spoke to the success of engineering projects in the early 1900’s as compared to now. He spent much of the talk focused on the reason the projects are not as successful anymore, …

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Take Note of This

At RE’06, we heard a talk called “Making Mobile Requirements Engineering Tools Usable and Useful”, in which these guys are developing software to use on a PDA device to capture requirements while walking around. My thought is that while adding mobility into the requirements facilitation effort is an interesting problem …

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Happy New Year, it’s time to set your vision

Instead of New Year’s resolutions, I have chosen to set an annual theme for each year. Though the topic is a bit outside the requirements space, I’m going to share the concept here, as it is very much like setting a vision for an organization. The idea behind setting New …

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A Christmas Medley

With the holidays upon us, I wanted to spread some holiday cheer. I hope I can make you smile, with my medley of requirement “blongs”, to the tune of some of our favorite holiday songs! Frosty the PM Frosty the PM led a jolly happy team With a strong dev …

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christmas-medley

It’s that time of year we all look so forward to, when we get to wish our colleagues around the requirements world a bit of SeiCheer with our holiday medley of songs. And worry not, if the 2009 collection isn’t enough for you, you can go back in history and …

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Day 1 RE’06 (update from Joy)

“That’s neat, but…so what?” I noticed myself frequently thinking these words at RE’06. Like Tony, I found myself disappointed that academia seems removed from the practical world of requirements engineering. I believe it’s supposed to work like this – the academics do research in new areas, come up with brilliant …

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Attention to Detail, Who Cares?

I do. And I’m well aware that I get some eye rolls from people who don’t agree – or just don’t have the attention to detail to understand. But really, why DOES it matter?Honestly, I would not harp on this to the extent that I do if I did not …

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