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Is a model a requirement?

Jason P commented to my May 8th entry that a model is not a requirement. I disagree. One of the changes that I would like to see in our industry is a broader use of the word requirement. A requirement can be represented as a sentence, or a symbol on a diagram, or...

Why don’t customers know what they want?

I just reviewed an article on www.stickynotes.com about, It Is Still The Requirements: Getting Software Requirements Right, by James Ward This is a very interesting article on the challenges facing a Business Analyst in gathering/eliciting requirements. Mr. Ward...

Is a Business Rule a “Requirement?”

I read an interesting article written by Gladys Lam on the business rules community website. She argues that a business rule is not a "requirement," instead that requirements implement business rules. This is another example of the different ways that our industry...

How Do You Know When Requirements are Complete?

We are often asked by Business Analysts, "How do I know when requirements are complete?" I was intrigued with one such person's attempt to answer this question for his Master's thesis using a Requirements Completeness Model (see Figure 1, Alexander, 1990). Alexander...

Is a Screen Prototype a “Requirement?”

As the IIBA Business Analysis Body of Knowledge core team debates requirements categories, a lot of interesting questions are coming up about what is a requirement. Our definition, which is derived from the IEEE definition is "A requirement is a condition or...

Is an AS-IS Workflow Diagram a “Requirement?”

Is an AS-IS Workflow Diagram a requirement? This question recently came up in an IIBA Business Analysis Body of Knowledge core team meeting. Everyone's first reaction was no, or of course not. It is an AS IS. I think that most people would say no because an "AS IS" is...

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