A BA walks into an elevator, is joined by an executive, and suddenly the executive asks the BA, “So, what are you working on these days?” (Sounds like the start of a joke ...)  Most business analysts, due to their project success focus, think of requirements management when questioned about their work....
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The Elevator Speech... for the BA

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Mark Monteleone, CBAP, PMP, CSPO, CBA

A BA walks into an elevator, is joined by an executive, and suddenly the executive asks the BA, “So, what are you working on these days?” (Sounds like the start of a joke ...)  Most business analysts, due to their project success focus, think of requirements management when questioned about their work. So the BA responds by describing the features of a business solution that the BA is currently working. The BA seldom mentions the associated business benefits with the work (i.e. why the work is vital to the business). Unfortunately, the BA ignores the first rule of conversation: know your audience. The executive asking the question is more likely to understand and be interested in the business value provided by the work, rather than the solution features...

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Agile Manifesto Principles

Adam Alami, PhD fellow at the IT University of Copenhagen

The Agile methodology advocates lightweight practices to optimize project resources. It preempts a ‘paradigm shift’ to adapt the change in fundamental assumptions of project management that promote and establish Agile principles.  Agile Manifesto is a means to achieve the end objective through ‘best practices’ that crystallize into an approach that efficiently resolves the competitive stand-off. Thus the Manifesto is a subset of principles that provide a working framework to attain Agility. The following are high-impact Manifesto principles...

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The Goal Is to Solve the Problem

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Hans van Loenhoud, Patrick Steiger, Kim Lauenroth

A requirement is “a condition or capability needed by a user to solve a problem or to achieve an objective” (AKA a goal). Thinking in terms of problems and goals thus is a core competence for the requirements engineer. But what in fact is a problem or a goal? This may seem to be a rather philosophical question. As requirements engineers we should be quite specific on this point as the problems and goals of our clients are the raison d’être for our work...

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Requirements for Devices Around Us: Embedded Systems

Karl Wiegers & Joy Beatty

An effective product roadmap is a must-have for any successful software development project. A roadmap helps the product manager define the trajectory of a product, communicate progress to stakeholders, visualize goals anslided justify changes to budget. Product roadmaps are where both strategy and tactics combine to help teams build better products.
Given that it’s such a vital part of successful software development, why do product teams struggle to implement product roadmaps? Because roadmapping is complicated, software projects are complex and every product team is different...

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