Discovering Real Business Requirements for Software Project Success

  • 4h 22m
  • Robin F. Goldsmith
  • Artech House
  • 2004

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.

The powerful techniques and methods presented are applied to a real business case from a company recognized for world-class excellence. You are introduced to the innovative Problem Pyramidtm technique which helps you more reliably identify the real problem and requirements content. From an examination of key methods for gathering and understanding information about requirements, to seven guidelines for documenting and communicating requirements, while avoiding analysis paralysis, this book is a comprehensive, single source for uncovering the real business requirements for your software development projects.

About the Author

Robin F. Goldsmith has been president of Go Pro Management, Inc., consultancy since 1982. He works directly with, and trains, professionals in business engineering, requirements analysis, software acquisition, and project management, quality, and testing. Previously, he was a developer, systems programmer/DBA/QA, and project leader with the City of Cleveland, leading financial institutions, and a "Big 4" consulting firm.

A published author and frequent speaker at leading professional conferences, Mr. Goldsmith was formerly the international vice president of the Association for Systems Management and executive editor of the Journal of Systems Management. He was founding chairman of the New England Center for Organizational Effectiveness. He belongs to the Boston SPIN and served on the SEPG'95 Planning and Program Committees. Mr. Goldsmith chaired BOSCON 2000 and 2001, ASQ Boston Section's Annual Quality Conferences, and is a member of the ASQ Software Division Methods Committee.

Mr. Goldsmith holds the following degrees: Kenyon College, A.B. with honors in psychology; Pennsylvania State University, M.S. in psychology; Suffolk University, J.D.; and Boston University, LL.M. in tax law. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and licensed to practice law in Massachusetts.

In this Book

  • Value Up-Front
  • The "Regular Way"
  • Real Requirements
  • Evaluating Requirements Form
  • Discovering Real Requirements
  • Problem Pyramid
  • 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