Documentation (BRD/SRS)

Posts about documenting requirements and different document types

Defining Proper Success Metrics on Business Objectives Models

The Business Objective Model (BOM) is one of the foundational  models we use as part of the Seilevel  requirements methodology.  The BOM defines the rationale for doing a project.  Every BOM has the following key component parts. 1.  Problems  – the business problems to be solved or addressed 2.  Objectives …

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Business Analyst Tip: Template Usability

Many of us produce document templates using Microsoft Word. In addition to the heavy lifting–the content–you should consider the usability of the templates. My basic approach with templates is that they should take care of the bells and whistles once so each user doesn’t have to. Applying the tips below …

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The Four Attributes of High-Quality Requirements

Here at Seilevel, we are often asked what actually constitutes “good” requirements. If you gathered a group of project team members and started making a list of all the qualities that would define a “good” requirement, you would quickly become overwhelmed. We have narrowed the massive requirement wish-list down to …

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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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Shovel Ready Requirements

I’ve seen a number of projects that follow a path something like this — gather requirements (there are a bunch of steps in here), do some pruning, flesh out requirements, do some more pruning, mark the requirements importance in some fashion (such as low/medium/high), get the document approved, and say …

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Requirements Tools: Excel (1 of Many)

Last time, I went over a Sharepoint feature that’s saved me a lot of time and effort. At Seilevel,, as much as we use Sharepoint, we use Excel even more. Not as much for calculations, but for storing and sorting requirements and associated data, such as features. When we do …

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Business Analyst Tip: Maximizing Displayed Content

I often display documents or spreadsheets to small groups during working meetings.  When doing so, I want to maximize the amount of content I am displaying.  One easy way to do this is to collapse the ribbon tool bar.  There are a couple of ways to do this: Double-click on …

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