Tag: software requirements specification

Going Agile: The Anatomy of a User Story

Going Agile: The Anatomy of a User Story ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

User stories, a requirements format utilized in Agile software development, are typically formatted with the following template: As a (type of user), I want (some goal), so that (some reason). This template can be modified to suit a project’s need. In this post, we’ll show how user stories themselves can be broken down into tables […]

Writing Requirements for Human Beings

Writing Requirements for Human Beings ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

On a painfully cold night in February, not long ago, I rounded up several friends and headed down to a slightly moldy church basement on R Street. The plan was to prepare a meal for a nearby women’s shelter. Our enthusiasm ran high; our skill and organization, perhaps not quite as high. Fortunately at least […]

Joy Beatty at Better Software Conference West June 10-11

Joy Beatty at Better Software Conference West June 10-11 ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

Joy Beatty will present June 10-11, 2012 at the Better Software Conference West. She’ll be part of the Business Analysis and Requirements Workshop, and will be participating in panels and presenting on Requirements Estimation (one of her most popular presentations) and Requirements Modeling. For those planning to attend Better Software West, you can register now […]

10 Tips for Avoiding Reviewer Fatigue

10 Tips for Avoiding Reviewer Fatigue ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

I’ve recently been reviewing a work product that is, frankly, a mess.  Unfortunately, I feel like I’m not providing valuable feedback.  I’ve spent my energy and time straightening out the  confusing weeds, and now have nothing left to look for the real issues and misses.  At ArgonDigital we have a guideline—users can review something at most 3 […]

How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot: Conclusion

How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot: Conclusion ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

Conclusion to the series, “How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot: 7 ways to do software requirements poorly to set your project up for failure and what to do instead.” Short-change Time Spent on Software Requirements or Don’t do Them at All Don’t Listen to Your Customer’s Needs Don’t use Models Use Weasel Words Don’t […]

Software Requirements And The Use Of Weasel Words

Software Requirements And The Use Of Weasel Words ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

Number 4 in the series, “How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot: 7 ways to do software requirements poorly to set your project up for failure and what to do instead.” Short-change Time Spent on Software Requirements or Don’t do Them at All Don’t Listen to Your Customer’s Needs Don’t use models Use weasel words […]

Software Requirements Specification Template

Software Requirements Specification Template ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

We’ve just updated our suggested business requirements document template, though it can be used as a template for any type of requirements specification. You can find it here on our Resources page. One thing we strongly suggest is that you create and update requirements within a requirements management tool and then output as needed to […]

Managing the Software Requirements Process for “Green Screen” Replacement Applications – Part 1

Managing the Software Requirements Process for “Green Screen” Replacement Applications – Part 1 ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

I have been on teams that created requirements for replacing old “Green Screen” mainframe applications and have also observed the work of my colleagues on similar projects. The observations here are based on our experiences with these efforts and offer suggestions to anyone who is about to embark on a similar project. This post is […]

Webinar Update: How To Successfully Manage Software Requirements In A Global Organization

Webinar Update: How To Successfully Manage Software Requirements In A Global Organization ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

We’ve been getting quite a few requests for our most recent webinar. I thought that I would make it available for the folks who missed it.We’d love to get your feedback, so please post your comments below. Also please feel free to share the slidecast with your friends and colleagues. | Get your Presentation Pack

3 Big CaliberRM Gotchas And How To Fix Them Part 1

3 Big CaliberRM Gotchas And How To Fix Them Part 1 ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

So we have been using Caliber RM for awhile now. Joy Beatty wrote about our selection process in a prior blog post. Since that time we have gotten some more experience and overall we are very happy with our choice of CaliberRM. However no tool in life is perfect and we are analysts afterall, so […]

Requirements Documentation Standards

Requirements Documentation Standards ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

We use a set of requirements documentation standards to generate consistency in our writing styles. They should be applied to the documentation produced in the requirements phase of a project, including the requirements, use cases, diagrams and process flows. Instead of writing in individual preferred styles, the entire team writes in the style defined by […]