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New Post 1/20/2010 7:17 AM
User is offline Vinu
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How do you find the requirements are valid and quality? 
How do you find the requirements are valid and quality? Is there any Matrix for requirements valuate and quality? (If there) How much Matrix is available and what are they? (Eg,. Requirement Traceability Matrix) Regards, Vinu
New Post 1/29/2010 1:55 AM
User is offline Peter Herring
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Re: How do you find the requirements are valid and quality? 

Hi Vinu,

I''m not 100% clear on what your asking here, but I'll have a go at answering based on my understanding. Receiving poor quality requriement is something that I imagine nearly every analyst has to contend with. In a requirments training course I took several years ago that was run by Suzanne Robertson she talked about getting to the Essence of the requirement. In other words, you'll often be given a requirement where the stakeholder is trying to define the soution for you, so you have to delve beneath this to find the real requirement.  I worked on a website project where the one of the business users was really pushing  to use flash. Upon chanllening this;  what it really came down to is that they required the site to be more dynamic and usable. This is a basic example, but it does highlight a common issue within many projects.

You may want to sign up to the free webinar on the 25th Feb. 5 steps to better quality requirements – with Ian Alexander




New Post 2/8/2010 4:21 AM
User is offline Craig Brown
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Re: How do you find the requirements are valid and quality? 

There are no simple answers.  Everything is based upon the context it occurs in.

1. How do you ensure your requirements are of sufficient quality?

Firstly you need to understand what quality targets you are aiming for. Discuss this with your project manager and clients.

Now, an excellent way to ensure that you are writing good requirements is to define how they will be tested as part of the requirements statement.  What specific, measurable outcome will be achieved if this requirement is fulfilled?  What will happen if it is not fulfilled? (Take a look at this article for a more in depth discussion of this point.)

2. How do you ensure your requirements are valid?

The validity of a requirement is about how true it is. Again you need to understand that it's truth is in the context of the project;s goals.  So if you have a project implementing a payroll system you need to understand the true goal of the project. Is it better payroll processes, reducing the cost of managing payroll, or is it something else altogether.  

By understanding the goals you start to understand who's voices are important and who's voices are secondary.  And now I am talking about stakeholders and understanding their role on the project.  Which stakeholders are aligned with your project goals and which are along for the ride.  Which of them stand to gain the most from the project completing it's core goals on time?  ho is trying to fit in unrelated requirements into the project agenda?

Once you have this understood you know who you should be verifying requirements with.  This is another discussion for you and your project manager.

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