The Software Requirements Memory Jogger: A Desktop Guide to Help Software and Business Teams Develop and Manage Requirements

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-10-15
  • Publisher: Goal Q P C Inc
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How to Use The Software Requirements Memory JoggerTM The Software Requirements Memory JoggerT is a quick reference guide for you to use on the job or as a supplement to your training. It is designed to facilitate communication between business and technical teams as they define requirements for software projects. It includes the tools, techniques, and models team members will use to elicit, analyze, specify, validate, and manage their software requirements. The book also contains a case study example, set off on a blue background, to show you how to use these tools, techniques, and models in each step of the process.Not sure what tool, technique, or model to use? Just refer to the User Requirements Model Roadmap in Chapter 4 to direct your efforts. Then refer to the "What Tools and Techniques Will I Use?" chart at the beginning of each chapter to guide you through the process of defining the requirements.Because many of the terms in this book may not be defined by readers in exactly the same way, we have included a glossary as one of the book's appendices, to ensure that all readers "speak the same language." The terms that are included in the glossary are shown in blue italics the first time they appear in the text, to let you know that the term is defined in the back of the book.You will also find a list of references and resources in the back of the book, in case you want to further your understanding of the tools and concepts in this Memory JoggerT. This list is not meant to be all-inclusive, but it does include the resources that the author felt would be the most helpful to the reader at the time of publication.We hope that you will find this book to be an invaluable tool that you will use often as you define, develop, and manage your requirements.Contents Acknowledgments ..iii Publisher's Note iv How to Use The Software Requirements Memory JoggerT v 1. Overview of Software Requirements 1 2. Setting the Stage for Requirements Development 27  Vision Statement  Glossary  Requirements Risk Mitigation Strategy 3. Elicit the Requirements 43  Requirements Source List  Stakeholder Cate-gories  Stakeholder Profiles  Interviews with Stakeholders  Facilitated Workshops  Explora-tory Prototypes  Focus Groups  Observation  User Task Analysis  Existing Documentation Study  Surveys  Stakeholder Elicitation Plan 4. Analyze the Requirements 109  Relationship Map  Process Map  Context Dia-gram  Event-Response Table  Business Policies  Actor Table  Use Cases  Dialog Map  Data Model  State Diagram  Business Rules  Good Modeling Practices  Prioritized Requirements 5. Specify the Requirements 231  User Requirements Document  Software Requirements Specification Document 6. Validate the Requirements 261  Peer Review  User Acceptance Tests  Model Validation  Operational Prototype 7. Manage the Requirements 281  Change Control Policies and Procedures  Re-quirements Attributes  Requirements Trace Matrices 8. Adapting Requirements Practices to Projects 295  Project Types  Change-Driven vs. Risk-Driven Projects Appendices 311  References, Bibliography, and Additional Resources  Analysis Models  Verbs and Phrases to Use in Requirements Models  Software Requirements Specification Inspection Checklist  Quality Attributes and Their Metrics  Ambiguous Words and Phrases to Avoid When Describing Quality At-tributes  Questions for Requirements Retro-spectives  Glossary

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