Archive for 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 researchers, and researchers to work [...]

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 get confused. I think a [...]

Live from REFSQ 2011: Academia should strive to achieve value for the requirements industry

The Keynote at today’s REFSQ 2011 conference, delivered by Neil Maiden, ought to inspire, or revolutionize the entire requirements research industry.  Here are some key figures which requirements practitioners and researchers alike ought to be aware of: According to one estimation, over the past 15-20 years, over 600 papers on requirements engineering have been published, [...]

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 industry types might call “the [...]

Re-using DAR models in Your Software Requirement Specification

I recently wrote about one of my favorite RML® models, the Display Action Response (DAR) model. This model has been on my mind a lot and I do hope it finds its way into every Business Analyst’s tool set. One of the neat things about DAR models is that you can often get a lot [...]

Using Business Objectives to Kill Scope and Launch Better Products Tonight at Austin PMI

We are speaking tonight at Austin PMI. Our own Betsy Stockdale, Senior Product Manager is presenting. “Using Business Objectives to Kill Scope and Launch Better Products” Summary: Business Objectives are the measurable results a business desires to achieve when executing a project. They can be used to ensure that everything developed in the project contributes [...]

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 may be familiar with the [...]

Join us at (SEPG) Software Engineering Process Group in Portland this week

Join us at SEPG North America, the premier conference on software, systems, and services process improvement, is coming to Portland, Oregon, March 21-24, 2011. This year’s theme is, The Power of Process, the SEPG North America 2011 technical program will focus on leveraging the power of process improvement. The four-day conference program will include a total of [...]

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 to launch or way over [...]

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 for short. We use DARs [...]