The structure that use cases provide is far superior to the nearly worthless technique of asking users “What do you want?” or “What are your requirements?” In this article I share my perspectives on when use cases work well, when they don’t, and what to do when use cases aren't a sufficient solution to the requirements problem...t...

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When Use Cases Aren’t Enough
by Karl Wiegers, Process Impact
The structure that use cases provide is far superior to the nearly worthless technique of asking users “What do you want?” or “What are your requirements?” In this article I share my perspectives on when use cases work well, when they don’t, and what to do when use cases aren't a sufficient solution to the requirements problem.
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PMI-PBA Certification: What it is and Why we Need it
by Vicki James, Elizabeth Larson, Rich Larson
This new PMI-PBA certification for business analysis, from PMI, might introduce confusion in selecting the right certification to help you achieve your professional goals. This comparison includes application requirements, knowledge required, and your current or desired role.
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Use Case Fragments
by Jan Kusiak, IRM Training Pty Ltd
A typical business function might contain several unique events each of which we want to end up as a component of a larger software application.  So how do we go from a table containing textual information to a specification which a developer can use?
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The Line in the Sand: Requirements Baseline
by Karl Wiegers, Process Impact
Software developers often want to freeze the requirements following some initial requirements work and then proceed with development however, it’s far more realistic to define a requirements baseline and then manage changes to that baseline.
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