Discovering Real Business Requirements for Software Project Success

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While a number of books on the market deal with software requirements, this is the first resource to offer you a methodology for discovering and testing the real business requirements that software products must meet in order to provide value. The book provides you with practical techniques that help prevent the main causes of requirements creep, which in turn enhances software development success and satisfaction among the organizations that apply these approaches. Complementing discovery methods, you also learn...

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Overview

While a number of books on the market deal with software requirements, this is the first resource to offer you a methodology for discovering and testing the real business requirements that software products must meet in order to provide value. The book provides you with practical techniques that help prevent the main causes of requirements creep, which in turn enhances software development success and satisfaction among the organizations that apply these approaches. Complementing discovery methods, you also learn more than 21 ways to test business requirements from the perspectives of assessing suitability of form, identifying overlooked requirements, and evaluating substance and content.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580537704
  • Publisher: Artech House, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Pages: 241
  • Product dimensions: 6.88 (w) x 10.34 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin F. Goldsmith is President of Go Pro Management, Inc., a consultancy in Needham, MA. He has extensive information systems experience, having worked in this capacity for the City of Cleveland, large financial institutions, and a "Big Four" management consulting firm. Mr. Goldsmith presents public and in-house seminars and is a frequent speaker at leading leading software development and quality/testing conferences. He earned his LL.M. in taxation law at Boston University, J.D. at Suffolk University, M.S. in psychology from Pennsylvania State University, and A.B. in psychology from Kenyon College.

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Table of Contents

Introduction. Value of Testing Up-Front. The Regular Way. Are They Requirements? Evaluating Requirements' Form. Discovering Real Requirements. Problem Pyramidtm. Applying the Techniques. Data Gathering. Formats for Analyzing Requirements. Key to Completeness. Formats for Documenting Requirements. Finding Overlooked Requirements. Checking Requirements Accuracy and Completeness. Measuring Proof of the Pudding.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2004

    This book will improve the quality of your work and products !

    As a Software Developer and Consultant, I found this book to be a clear and practical guide that will be a valuable asset to all system development professionals. I strongly recommend it to all systems professionals, and believe it is a MUST HAVE for systems analysts ! The book presents a step-by-step methodology that contrasts how things are 'normally' done with how they should be done to achieve optimum results and satisfied customers. In addition to analyzing why and how traditional approaches fail, the text provides a comprehensive checklist that can be followed to avoid common mistakes and improve the quality of the most significant aspect of develop: gathering and documenting requirements ! Presented in a easy-to-read format sprinkled with wry humor, you are likely to find it a more enjoyable read than most technical texts.

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