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What is the Proper Form of Texted Based Requirements?

Posted on: September 30th, 2014 by Lou Wheatcraft No Comments

The definition of a product requirement is “Something the product must do or a quality that the product must have.”  Alternatively, more formally, “A requirement statement is the result of a formal transformation of one or more needs into an … Read More

The Lean, Agile Project Manager

Posted on: September 15th, 2014 by Lou Wheatcraft 2 Comments

In the past, before Agile, we usually talked about Waterfall, Spiral, and Incremental as three approaches to product development. I feel you can apply both Lean and Agile practices to any of these three approaches. This concept means that project … Read More

How to Avoid Accumulating Technical Debt

Posted on: August 15th, 2014 by Lou Wheatcraft No Comments

In a popular online discussion group the following question was asked: “Why does technical debt accumulate? “Why do technical and functional project team members let that happen? What is technical debt? Personally, I had not heard the phrase “technical debt” … Read More

How to Communicate “Threshold” vs. “Objective” Requirements.

Posted on: July 30th, 2014 by Lou Wheatcraft 3 Comments

We were recently asked the following question: “For a system that has both “threshold” and “objective” requirements, what is the best way to delineate them? Our initial thought was to use “should”, but then we don’t want to get them … Read More

“What is a Requirement?” Presentation at TGCC

Posted on: July 16th, 2014 by Lou Wheatcraft No Comments

I will be presenting “What is a Requirement” at the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter (TGCC) of INCOSE on July 17 at Jacobs Technology (2224 Bay Area Blvd. – at Space Center). Refreshments provided so please RSVP to Ben Edwards. Networking/social … Read More