Best Practices

Must a Requirement be Feasible?

Within a discussion on the Seilevel message board about the characteristics of a good requirement, Elaine and Gescober discussed whether a requirement must be feasible in order to be a good requirement. While initially it looked like they had opposite opinions–Elaine: No, Gescober: Yes– they’ve seem to have come to …

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Good Faith

Let’s say you take your car in to have it worked on and you get a $1000 estimate and are told you have to leave it for 2 days to get the repairs. It turns out that once the repair shop opens up the engine, they find out the cost …

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Scalability Requirements

Scalability is the ability of a system to grow in its capacity to meet the rising demand for its services offered. System scalability criteria could include the ability to accommodate increasing number of · users, · transactions per millisecond, · Number of SQL statements that can run and provide results …

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The BABOK Ate My Laptop

I was doing some research to gather various industry opinions on a topic. So like any good requirements person, I thought I would check the BABOK! I headed out to the IIBA website to open it. I opened it online and remembered it was 329 pages, so I saved it …

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Rescuing Knowledge from Ivory Towers

We had an email discussion in the office the other day about the term “Requirements Engineering” and I began thinking about most of the research I have read on the subject over the past 6-8 months. The vast majority of RE research is not being used by anyone in the …

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Reminder—Handling Missed Commitments

I occasionally run across common situations and write a little reminder about dealing with them. Most of us have been in the situation of making a commitment and then not being able to fulfill it. Maybe we underestimated the effort to fulfill the commitment, maybe an emergency arose, or maybe …

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