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What Questions do you Ask the User to Elicit Requirements?

I was reading: Instead of asking, “What do you want?” or even “What do you want the system to do?” an approach based on usage and user goals asks, “What do you need to do with the product?” Your ...
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What does it mean to “verify SW requirements related to safety, security and critically are correct, as shown by rigorous methods”?

I have been given a list of criteria to verify our requirements against (I found out they took it from an ISO standard) and there is one I have no clue what to do with: the software requirements ...
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TFS and customer requirements

I would like some feedback on how to best track customer requirements in TFS. We are at the start of a new project, and we have the requirements from the customer, in the form of 20-something long ...
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Short initiation for lazy colleagues

Last summer I finished a PBA in Software Development. and got hired into a Company with a small IT department. (8 Guys.. 4 developers) We make inhouse solutions, from services to websites or small ...
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Project Objectives vs Stakeholder Needs

In requirements gathering I've learnt to outline the objectives for the project as well as identify stakeholders and the stakeholder needs (along with the users needs, which is off-topic for this ...
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How does a project manage defining the requirements needed for underlying infrastructure?

The definition of underlying infrastructure in the context of the question relates to the fabric that supports the services rendered for a given collection of systems such as example cabling, power, ...
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How should we apply MoSCoW prioritization to our project requirements?

I've read a reference to MoSCoW prioritization. I'm confused about what the requirements are for each level: Must Have Should Have Could Have Won’t Have (this time) Do we need all four levels of ...
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How to find out the appropriate High Level Requirements?

Is there any official definition of high level requirements? I've searched google for a while but its still confusing me a lot. I have a list of (Candidate) High Level Requirements. And, I want to ...
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First business analysis document for quote

My client requested me to send them a quote for man/day pricing. Their needs and flows are clear. What I am planning to do is describing the modules and relations. Then I will put all these outputs ...
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What is the difference between Requirements Traceability Matrix (RTM) and Requirement Specification Document?

I sort of get these two mix up, please can anyone help to clarify this?
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How does one manage scope in JIRA?

I work in a software development company. We develop with Fixed Price contracts, thus there's a lot of BDUF (Big design up front). During the initial/planning phase, we create very big monolithic ...
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Which scrum actors should attend a requirements gathering session

I'm currently having a debate with some of my business analysts as to whether the testers and developers from the scrum team assigned to a project should be involved in the requirements gathering ...
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Should you export data to Excel and Word?

I'm the Project Manager for a large application that customers use to collect data on whether their businesses meet certain medical and financial standards. They generally answer a survey explaining ...
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How to keep track of all the goals of a large project?

I have a very large library project in-progress involving French linguistics - (it will be) multi-faceted to work with the many aspects of language, including algorithmic inflections/conjugations, ...
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Security Requirements and User Stories

How I should represent Security Requirements if I use User Stories? Should they be represented like special "evil" stories? or Should they be just "invisible" parts of user stories? I.e. if ...
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Techniques to calculate the cost of change in software engineering

There is a bunch of techniques to do software estimation. Now given a piece of software, is there some methods/techniques to evaluate the cost of change of an already implemented requirement ?
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May I not use the users stories in Scrum?

It is more convenient for me to describe requirements in technical terms. So is it possible not to use the users stories in Scrum? Will it be Agile still?
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Going from requirements to use cases and how to know if my document is good enough

I'm here again asking about software documentation. I read a lot about it but it is a bit harder to put in practice, first because of the lack of examples and second because most small companies just ...
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What are definitions and difference between: Theme vs Epic vs Feature vs User Story vs Task

There are several terms in which we can to describe requirements: Theme Epic Feature User Story Task What are formal definition of these terms and what are differences between them (except volume ...
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How do I deal with a potentially difficult client on a web project?

I am a project manager with three years of experience working as a PM. We have a client here who has a pretty good relationship with our company. He sent us a web-project from one of his referrals ...
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How can I manage a rapidly changing copy deck with a fixed deadline?

One of the projects I am managing is the creation of a large website for a very sensitive client. I am in a position where it's crunch time and I am being asked to promise on delivery dates for ...
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What is the difference between requirement and scope?

Scope is divided into two categories: Product scope, which is the features and functions that characterize a product, service, or result, and; Project scope, which is all the work needed to deliver ...
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Comprehensive single requirement docs vs. multiple atomic ones

First of all, let me make it clear that I am a software developer and that I am writing this ISO help with my desire to agile-ize my project management and get a buy-in for changing some general ...
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How to record client requirements?

How a typical Software development company keep records of client requirements? For example: A) One day client asked us to add a tracking code to his website. B) Another day same client asked us to ...
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What practices would allow an Agile team to work effectively when every developer is allowed to gather requirements from the business customers?

I may possibly inherit a new team which had toyed with Scrum but not found it the correct approach (largely due to the parallel not sequential nature of business projects). They are working to a ...
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What do you do next after creating an SRS?

Having gone through the IEEE standard document (IEEE 830-1998) on what a Software Requirements Specification should contain I'm now looking for guidance on the next steps following the creation of an ...
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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 ...