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Adding requirements gathering to the project plan - time phased budget baseline (PMB)

I'm preparing a time phased budget - basically my project schedule with all resources and cost allocated. When its reviewed, I will need to baseline it for calculating variance (tracking) in future. ...
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WBS (work breakdown structure) vs SRS (software requirements specification document)

I am new to project management and need a clarification. I want to create the work break down structure for a software project. The definition is that WBS must contain 100% of the work. How can I ...
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How do I elicit measurable business objectives in the real world?

A very common theme in project management/software engineering resources is that goals should be SMART. This question is targeted to the "M" in SMART: Measurable. The examples commonly found in ...
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How to write a multi-point requirement for a requirements document?

I am a realtively new BA and I am having trouble finding the best way to write out a requirement that has multiple points. We are trying to build a dashboard, and I am getting conflicting opinions on ...
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Requirements Tracking in Jira for “Preliminary Project Assessment”

Recently our company has taken the plunge into using Atlassian for our project management tool. Right now we're using Jira and Confluence. As an architect at our company, one of the things I've begun ...
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Is having a high school diploma a requirement to taking the PPM exam?

Is it a requirement to have a high school diploma in order to take the PPM exam? I have been doing project management for the past 5 years.
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How can I integrate information from a waterfall customer into an agile project?

We're currently doing an agile project where the customer is less agile than what we actually hoped for (he stays with waterfall). Also, while an official requirements specification exists, it is ...
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Is a Requirements Traceability Matrix a validation or specification technique?

I am quite confused. Is a Requirements Traceability Matrix (RTM) a requirements validation technique or a requirements specification technique?
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User stories delivery issues

Working in Agile manner, project team routinely delivers parts of software, described in User Stories. Upon each Sprint a working software is delivered, with some additional features added. The ...
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What are the disadvantages and advantages of the MoSCoW model?

I*ve used the MoSCoW model (but I'm not project manager, I'm developer) and I think it is good. But I also think that you can tell me more and perhaps find a drawback that I didn't think of while I ...
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How to track change requests over a functional document

Functional requirements tend to mature as the time goes by, and the initial versions of requirements for a project are usually based on assumptions (otherwise the work would never start). As the ...
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Traditional vs. Modern requirements elicitation. When each of them is more appropriate? [closed]

Traditional requirements elicitation: –  Interviewing customers and domain experts –  Questionnaires –  Observation –  Study of documents and software systems Modern requirements elicitation: – ...
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How can Joint Application Development improve a workshop?

I go to workshop after workshop with the same one dimensional approach - too many people, everyone looking at the screen while someone is capturing requirements/assumptions etc, dry, boring, not ...
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Does a change request change the requirement specification?

Imagine this: You are working on a already developed system in a stable release and now there is a change request coming up. Do you need to rewrite/change the requirement specification (and update the ...
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What is an appropriate quality standard for requirements specifications?

In my role as a Business Analyst working for a offshore company (7 developers, 4 QA, 1 PM, 1 Architect) but being onsite, I go through the Business Requirement Document's, Epics and Stories briefed by ...
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Giving requirements to front end developers

Is there an industry standard in communicating requirements to front end developers? I have a project coming up where I will have annotated wireframes that will have front end dev input and complete ...
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How can I complete a project with unfixed requirements from the client?

How can I politely ask a customer to participate in the design of the deliverables before we begin work? I have received a content update and brochure design job from client. Unfortunately it is so ...
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What to do if functional requirements violate non functional?

How to manage (find out and preserve) the consistency of different types of requirements? Example: That is great to have gathered many functional requirements (e.g. IS functionality that the system ...
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Communicating requirements to offshore teams

Just to give a context, there is an offshore team in India for a client in San Francisco. The offshore team is about 9 developers and 4 QA, with one project manager. I am doing onsite coordination for ...
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Slow client answers

Let's say, I have a project with well fixed deadlines, and a pretty good specification. Every specification needs additional discussion, with taking in consideration the client's requirements (I mean, ...
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How can small teams elicit high quality soft Non Functional Requirements?

Clear, coordinated, requirements are closely correlated with successful project closure. Small teams can experience several obstacles to developing and managing requirements during the initiation ...
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What are the techniques to elicit requirements from customers who don't understand their needs?

Question: How do you prevent a situation where you have to produce work-product work first and get client feedback before getting on the right track to meet their needs? Are there any techniques to ...
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Techniques for Managing Teams of High-Maintenance Students

At our university, we have a Student Computing Group of about 25 students. I would describe about 1/3 as self-motivated, innovative, and/or having some level of professional, technical experience. ...
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Develop from Use Cases or Business Requirements

I'm involved in a project where the business team created a large business requirements document that were using to create product backlog items and acceptance criteria. However, they have also ...
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Project Management for Inconsistent Development Efforts

I am a CS grad student, and I am interested in applying project management or software/system engineering methods to research projects at my university. I have experience applying the Scrum framework ...
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What artifacts does Scrum require for application design and systems documentation?

I have been a developer for awhile. Recently, I got promoted within my team. Now I am responsible for application design and documentation, and am thinking of following the Scrum methodology. We are ...
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What are non-functional quantitative requirements?

I got the following question for homework but I am confused on what is being asked. I'm not looking for you to give me the answers I am just wondering what non-functional quantitative requirements ...
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Link requirements within PDF or HTML files to increase traceability

Do you know of any tool (or plugin for such tool) with following features: Manage Requirements (like Redmine, DOORS, Borland Caliber and many more...) Link Requirements with parts of a PDF or HTML ...
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How to communicate with project leaders when they are doing poorly

I have been on multiple projects where the project leaders have not involved themselves in the project enough to even learn what the project is really doing. Other times the project leaders didn't ...
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Non-Systems/Non-IT BRD

Are BRD and FRD documents required for non-systems/non-IT projects? We are involved in a services migration project moving managed website hosting services from a fully-managed external vendor to ...
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Is estimating a project without basic requirements or user stories a good idea for a fixed cost proposal?

I am currently trying to create an estimate for a software proposal. In this context, we are requesting a fixed cost amount of funds. I personally lean toward Agile development practices. I, ...
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PMP-ers: How does PMI recommend tracking of requirements through to project deliverables?

Reading through PMI's PMBOK and Rita's exam prep guide this morning, I'm failing to see if and how they advocate requirements to be tracked through in project deliverables. How does a stakeholder know ...
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Trust issues with a client

I've been negotiating recently with a client who is... well... a bit difficult to work with, to say the least. He was the first to contact me and request my services. He wants me to build an ...
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Project Estimation is off by 50% or More! Who is Responsible for Vague Requirements?

I've just started doing some small contracts for the first time, and I'm working on a project with a person responsible for dealing with the client and analyzing requirements. In this case, there was ...
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What is the best way to discover, prioritize, and iteratively deploy business intelligence solutions?

BACKGROUND: Have a client that has terabytes of transactional data and they would like to begin leveraging the data they have, but beyond the knowledge it's possible, and the belief that an analytic ...
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How can I get our BAs to provide business requirements, and stop confusing them with implementation

Our BAs (Business Analysts) have an annoying habit of providing us with system requirements, rather than business requirements. Often times, they don't even know what the business requirement is. It ...
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What are the best practices/methods/tools/techniques for conflict identification in requirements?

For the sake of this discussion requirements = user-stories (since I'm not differentiating any process per se and would like to get rid of any ambiguities). It's quite common to have a set of about ...
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How to handle 'ilities' (or non-functional requirements) for a project planning/prioritization/work-allocation?

It seems the world is doing a good job at managing functional requirements for a system - you can link them to benefits, prioritize them and manage their implementation schedule (let's assume an ideal ...
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What method to use to inform customer about sub-contractor/freelance workers?

When customer requires list of technical staff that will be involved in the project; What is the proper method to give the info of the sub-contractors/freelance workers that will be involved in ...
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Requirements management software for mere mortals

I would like to discuss with you a special case of requirements management. I call it “requirements management for mere mortals”. I had worked as a project manager in a small web development ...
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using the prototype for live when building CMS/CRUD systems - wrong?

I'm currently reading Steve McConnells "Survival Guide" and am thinking of how I can improve our processes on requirements development. The book seems to have very strong ideas about using prototypes ...
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How to gather client feedback?

I have just started as a product engineer for a web-based product that we have around 150 clients, spread out across a large country. - In short, it is a mapping application that lets you mashup your ...
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Ways to get client to provide information about prioritization

When gathering requirements often clients are looking to build feature a,b,c,d,f - z. They get almost too excited about features. They almost become feature hoarders. They want all those features. ...
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Product Engineer - How and What to Learn? [closed]

I previously headed up a support and training team for a home-grown software product. I have now moved into a product engineer/specialist role, within same company. My background has been purely ...
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How can I gather requirements from those who don't want to give time for interviewing?

Actually, I'm a fresh CS graduate, who wants to build a system for his dad's road transport business. However, the issue is, whenever I go to ask to him about: who are the people involved in his ...
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Questions to ask to the client before making any cms for them?

I need a comprehensive list of questions or at least basic idea of which questions to be asked to the client before customizing a cms for them? I may use Wordpress, Drupal, Sharepoint or anything, I ...
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What are the repercussions for one person being the QA lead and product owner?

I work for a start-up software company transitioning to Scrum. We don't have dedicated positions yet, so I'm wondering what kind of repercussions (negative and positive) could come about if one ...
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Software Projects with loose requirements

What is the best method(s) to keep software projects on track when the requirements are loosely defined? (i.e. Just general functional concepts provided).
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Current best metrics related to requirements, design and architecture

So my boss put forth a 'research and find out question' to me: Are there ANY (absolutely any, no matter the dumbest, but any) metrics for requirements management? Eg. Requirements completeness, ...
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Elicitating Requirements As A Client

Background: I am a computer science student and am currently employed as a programmer for a health institution. Recently we discovered the need for a project which is beyond a 1-man job (I am their ...