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March, 2011

Live from REFSQ 2011: Starting the Conversation

For me, the highlight of Day 2 of REFSQ 2011 was the “Empirical Fair” poster session.  In keeping with the theme of the Keynote address, researchers from academia and industry practitioners participated in an informal “matchmaking” session/presentation.  The session allowed requirements engineers to share problems that required help from academic …

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Use Case Assumption vs Pre-Condition

When I read use cases, the assumptions I see listed are almost always pre-conditions. In Use Case – Preconditions vs Assumptions, Debbie Siah does a good job of providing definitions and tests to determine if something is a precondition or assumption. Yet, even with the definitions, it seems people still …

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Industry vs. Academia: Making Amends at REFSQ11

Some time ago, one of my fellow bloggers commented on the some of the tensions between so-called “industry” and “academia”.   An oversimplified description of the tension goes something like this: industry folk tend to believe that those in academia lack perspective on the work actually being performed outside of what …

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Finding Traceability

Finding Traceability (harder than ammunition!) One of the greatest challenges we face as Business Analysts is finding out if something has been left out, whether it’s a requirement, feature or business objective. (hopefully not the last one)  A common method for validating this is to do a traceability check.  You …

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What’s Killing Your Software Requirements Projects?

Using Business Objectives to Kill Scope and Launch Better Projects Watch live streaming video from productcampaustin at livestream.com Presenter: Joy Beatty, Vice President of Blue Ocean Services Here is a recap of the presentation: The premise for this discussion is that most products Seilevel sees in industry are either late …

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Display Action Response Models for User Interface Requirements

We encourage Business Analysts to use Display Action Response models to capture user interface requirements for pretty much any application that has a UI – custom built or configurable. A post long ago described Click-Action-Response tables, but we have since renamed this model to the Display Action Response model, or DAR …

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