Archive for 2012

Role of the Business Analyst and Requirements

Posted on: October 23rd, 2012 by Cheryl Hill 4 Comments

We recently received the following question via our Ask the Experts page:  “How much has the role of a Business Analyst changed or affected the gathering and structuring of requirements”. The short answer to this question:  The Business Analyst (BA) … Read More

Use of Multiple Verification Methods – update

Posted on: October 17th, 2012 by Lou Wheatcraft 14 Comments

We received the following question via our “Ask the Experts”  page: “Can (should) a requirement have more than one verification method?” The short answer is no, you should state the primary verification method you will use to show the system … Read More

How to Refer to Guidance Documents in Your Requirements

Posted on: October 15th, 2012 by Lou Wheatcraft 1 Comment

We received the following question via our “Ask the Experts”  page: “Can you say ‘shall be guided by’ when referring to a large section in a document that specifies in great detail functionality (ies) that you need to design into … Read More

Using the correct terms – Shall, Will, Should

Posted on: October 9th, 2012 by Lou Wheatcraft 18 Comments

I received a request to address the correct use of terms when writing requirements. “Lou, Here is a question for you and your blog readers:  Customers have been known to want to include “non-mandatory” requirements in their specs.  (One even … Read More

Requirement Categories – Part 3: Physical Characteristics and Design and Construction Standard Requirements

Posted on: September 19th, 2012 by Lou Wheatcraft No Comments

This is a continuation of Requirement Categories – Part 1: Introduction and Functional/Performance Requirements and Requirement Categories – Part 2: Operational and –ility Requirements. Physical Characteristics: Physical characteristics may be different for different operational phases so think about that. There … Read More