Questions tagged [requirements]

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How requirements are handled in TFS with Scrum template

We have just started using TFS (Team Foundation Server) 2017. The team project we created uses the Scrum template. There are only Epics, Features and PBIs (Product Backlog Items) in this template. How ...
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Single backlog. Multiple teams. How to handle Backlog Refinement?

Background Hi all, I am an experienced SM but I thought I would crowdsource a solution to this from peers. The project is an enterprise scale migration to the cloud with over 500 customers ...
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CR Rejection / Approval based on the Technical Feasibility

I have a concern with regards to CR rejection / approval process. A client presents his / her requirement to the PM and PM asks them to raise a change request, but once the requirement is analyzed, ...
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Software Developer gathering requirements, Department Managers providing input and discouraging input from Users

I am finding myself in an awkward position. I am a Developer and I have been assigned the Development work for a Project that will convert a paper workflow to an electronic workflow. The small ...
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Difference between Focused group and Facilitated workshops

In PMBOK guide 5th Edition, tools and techniques for "Collect requirements" process includes Focused group and Facilitated workshops. But their description in PMBOK guide 5th Edition to me looks ...
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What kind of requirements will be excluded from project scope?

There is one sentence at P120 5.3 Define scope (PMBOK 5th) confuse me a lot, it says: The key benefit of this process is that it describes the project, ..... by defining which of the requirements ...
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What questions to ask and how to create spec based on provided information

I am interviewing for a trainee BA position and they have given me this scenario to answer. I am not sure on the correct questions to ask and how to develop a requirements spec based on what is ...
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This use case can be considered a functional requirement?

For example, for a site like Ebay we can identify these requirements: Search Products Add product to cart Buy product Add to favorite Edit user account Add comment Remove comment Close session ...
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Deriving functional requirements from use case

Im deriving the functional requirements from a Edit User Account use case but I dont know if Im doing this corretly. The use case is this: Title: Edit user account Pre-conditions: The admin is ...
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Optimum usage of JIRA and Confluence [closed]

I'm working on recommendations for how to use JIRA and Confluence together for an Agile project. Based on experience teams use Confluence for requirements, linking to JIRA for the user stories ...
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Doubt defining functional requirements

I'm trying to derive the functional requirements from a use case but I'm with some doubts. The use case is about create a new post and it is presented below. For example looking to the pre-conditions ...
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User's of VersionOne - How do you handle requests that impact a current Epic/Product?

Currently, my effort has a few Epics in flight. One of the Epic's is servicing or enhancing a product in production. We are starting to use the request feature in VersionOne to intake these ...
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Dealing with change requests while facing lots of dependencies

We have a system with multiple stakeholders and surrounding systems influencing it. It might be possible to draw a dependency diagram but this would be not very easy to interpret because of the ...
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Requirements Elicitation Technique For Unknown Workflow

What elicitation technique(s) would you use for a workflow-dependent feature, where the workflow is largely unknown? Given a workshop with the primary user,the designer, the developer and the BA (me), ...
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How to deal with constantly (~daily) changing requirements?

I see a number of similar links, but none seem to have a solution, mostly "they shouldn't be doing that"'s. I agree, but please, read on: Scenario: 800K pages of documents, narrative(e.g. emails)/...
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Are Delighters equivalent to Gold Plating?

Is there a link / similarity between the delighters mentioned in Kano model and gold plating? Do both these terms define the same concept? Can a delighter be a cause for a project failure?
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How to avoid recurring questions and contradictions about same or related problems?

The questions How can we avoid ending up with contradicting requirements raised from the users? We'd appreciate process improvement suggestions that'd fit our limited resources. Disclaimer I haven ...
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Creating Requirements for API teams

I have experience working with web/app teams and building requirements for them. I'm now working with an api team and wanted to know the best format for communicating requirements. I've tried high ...
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User Interface Requirements in User Stories

I'm not sure whether this should be on the ux.stackexchange forum or on here. As part of a Uni project, the client has given us a brief of mandatory and optional features, from which we have to ...
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Where do requirements end and design begin?

I imagine this question has been asked in various forms previously but I couldn't locate a specific answer after searching around. I am currently working in an independent oversight role on an ...
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Documenting requirements on an Agile project

One of the values of the Agile Manifesto is "working software over comprehensive documentation". And yet there is a need for requirements to be documented. If a feature developed 6 months ago is ...
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How can I improve my requirement analyst skill?

I have been working as a software developer for ten years now. I was happy working in my past company for four years, but the dark side is that I had three projects dead at the very end of the job ...
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Methodology for Deciding Between Building on Existing Code or Starting New

This is a question about assessing the cost/benefit or ROI of a prospective project. I'm working in 6-8 old years software project. It has a lot of issues and also failures plus some failed people on ...
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In Scrum, should we be billed for defects and unplanned activities?

My company is the client. An offshore company is developing our product. We pay them on a monthly basis. They send us an invoice with a fixed rate per full time resource. They also send us a ...
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Should developers be talking to users during Story planning / refinement?

When you have a Product Owner who is less technical, can developers be brought into discovery with users and stakeholders? e.g. A new project is underway and the PO is doing discovery, creating epics,...
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Is this a Functional or Non-Functional requirement?

I am trying to figure our if the following system requirement is a Functional requirement or a Non-Functional Requirement? "The Stock Control system must update the stock item quantity when a stock ...
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How should I structure requirements in Confluence?

I've just started in a new company that has decided to become more agile. They have decided to create the requirement specification in Jira. As an ux/ interaction designer, I find it difficult to see ...
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How to minimize scope creep?

Scope creep can easily transform a good project into a distressed one. What are the methods for minimizing continuous expansion of project requirements?
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How to ensure developers don't sneak in code not part of requirements?

Other than than code reviews by another developer and by trusting your developers won't do anything nefarious or stupid, is there any way to ensure that when you release a build to production or even ...
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How to write a good Critical Success Factor?

Can you share some of your tips and tricks on how to pull out the information from stakeholders in order to write good CSF? What questions do you ask to get to the heart of the project? Can you ...
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Who is responsible for the requirements?

I am a Business Analyst for a company whom have an in house development team and an in house administration system. We also have an off the shelf system including service contract that directly works ...
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Tracking requirements

I am having a difficult time understanding how requirements are tracked through the project. I have a list of requirements - do I link these to deliverables during planning? Do i periodically ...
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How should a project manager handle a request for contracted software to produce twice as many reports as specified in the project's requirements?

I have joined a late-phase software project and there is a great deal of disagreement between my management and the client about work items they are claiming to be outstanding. In short, our business ...
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How to manage business and technical requirements?

According to Gojko Adzic book "Specification by example" we have to separate business and technical requirements. In our company we have tech req's in Given/When/Then format. How about business ...
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How many people during the initial meeting with the client?

We're a small team (2 developers and 2 designers), experimenting with Agile. Tomorrow is our first big meeting with a new client. I'm wondering, How many people do you include in the Meeting? If ...
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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 ...