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Requirements Engineering and Agile

Paying attention to requirements in an agile work environment

Written by Sven van der Zee

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  • Date: March 20th, 2023

Thank you for your positive feedback Roland. Good to know that this article is still being read and valued. My own experience is that it is often hard to keep using the power of the requirements… Show comment

  • From: Roland Walter Rathmann
  • Date: March 12th, 2023

Perfect Classification of Requirements The best description of the usage and dependence of requirements and especially their attributing and classification I have ever seen. Great workout ! Show comment

A General Systems Thinking Perspective on the CPRE

This system is your system. This system is my system.

Written by Gil Regev, Alain Wegmann, Olivier Hayard

  • From: Gil Regev
  • Date: January 8th, 2023

Dear Mr Stockschläder, Thank you very much for your comment. It helps me clarify our position. When you write "keeping the system as the core thing to be created at the end” it raises the ob… Show comment

  • From: Jan Marc Stockschläder
  • Date: October 21st, 2022

Dear Mr Regev, dear Mr Wegmann, dear Mr Hayard, I can totally see the fundamentals and implications of this article. Everybody has a different view of a system and more or less every stakeholder in a… Show comment

Discovering System Requirements through SysML

An application of the IREB Handbook of Requirements Modeling

Written by Gildas Premel-Cabic

  • From: Keith Collyer
  • Date: September 23rd, 2021

Hi Gildas Yes, stereotypes can be used, and if used properly in a modelling tool they can support requirements attributes. But they get very messy if there is a large number of useful attributes. For… Show comment

  • From: Gildas Premel-Cabic
  • Date: September 21st, 2021

Thank You Keith for Your comment. Professional modelling tools seem to overcome the lacks you notice: Stereotypes can be used to add attributes (status, owner) to the requirement type of SysML. We… Show comment

  • From: Keith Collyer
  • Date: September 15th, 2021

SysML gives a very limited view of requirements Incorporating requirements into SysML can be incredibly useful in the right context. For example, in relating requirements to design elements as in the… Show comment

Product Owner in Scrum

State of the discussion: Requirements Engineering and Product Owner in Scrum

Written by Alexander Rachmann, Jesko Schneider, Frank Engel

  • From: Jaj Souda
  • Date: March 12th, 2021

This topic is Still relevant today as I see organizations (and teams) still struggling to definitevely define the PO role when it comes to requirements. Even within an organization teams do not… Show comment

  • From: Gareth Rogers
  • Date: May 6th, 2014

Good article and a very relevant topic. I am currently working within a team resembling the Customer Team - ie. as an RE within a scrum team responsible for representing the business to agile… Show comment

  • From: Frank Engel – Author
  • Date: May 6th, 2014

Dear Mr. Rogers,thank you for your kind feedback. In this article we only discussed the role product owner. However, there are a lot of topics aside from roles, e.g. artifacts (user stories, use… Show comment

Data Science – the expanding frontier for Business Analysts

Evaluating Business Analysts‘ role in the Data Driven Economy

Written by Priyank Arora

  • From: John C.
  • Date: February 3rd, 2021

BA role ever increaing importance This article really resonates with me from my experience in computing, business analysis, support, and as a data strategist and learning data scientist. I agree that… Show comment

  • From: Yvonne H.
  • Date: May 9th, 2019

I am a BA/PM who has been working on regular projects but will be shortly working within a department that deals a lot with big data, so, I found this helpful and educative. Every little helps, this… Show comment

Requirements Engineering in Job Offers

Who works in RE and what competences do they need, particularly soft skills?

Written by Andrea Herrmann, Maya Daneva, Chong Wang, Nelly Condori-Fernandez

  • From: Stefan Sturm
  • Date: September 30th, 2020

Jeffrey added more comments which lead to a broader discussion which we have move that to the CPRE LinkedIn group. Show comment

  • From: Andrea Herrmann
  • Date: September 23rd, 2020

I agree: It is an important issue that in practice it is not recognized that RE is a difficult job with specific demands for competence and skills. RE needs communication experts who feel at home in… Show comment

  • From: Putcha Narasimham
  • Date: September 23rd, 2020

It is OK to have that expectation but it is very hard to find a versatile expert in BA/RE, application domain and solution domain. Here solution domain consists of two distinct, often exclusive… Show comment

  • From: Putcha Narasimham
  • Date: September 17th, 2020

This article is of high importance and consequence to RE. There are too many issues, analyses and findings. Although there are conclusions, I am not able to recall the key points, particularly with… Show comment

  • From: Jeffrey Wallk
  • Date: September 16th, 2020

Currently, only a small number of companies focus on business analysis let alone RE as a discipline. The emphasis on "speed" using Agile (and any variation you can imagine) has pushed… Show comment

  • From: Nicolas Nedkov
  • Date: September 16th, 2020

This is a very interesting paper! In the professional research circles, there are almost no published insights into the marketplace of business analysts in China. The authors close a real gap of… Show comment

Mastering Business Requirements

Insights for 13 crucial challenges

Written by David Gilbert, Dirk Röder

  • From: Ertuğrul Yalçın
  • Date: September 14th, 2020

Thank you for these detailed elaborations on requirements elicitation, management and analysis processes. Show comment

  • From: Yvonne Hughes
  • Date: November 17th, 2019

Thank you very much for sharing this article, again - this is very good, not too much to read, well put together. Would be a great support for my role. Show comment

  • From: Daniel Galiana
  • Date: November 6th, 2019

Nice & useful document; will support our teaching at IBS Academy! Thank you! Show comment

  • From: Miguel Elasmar
  • Date: November 5th, 2019

Fantastic document. Thanks for sharing all that hard work into such a compact rule book. Love it. My regards to your team. Show comment

Interview with John Mylopoulos

Views of a real RE pioneer

Interview done by Luisa Mich

  • From: Ludwig Schreier
  • Date: May 18th, 2020

Nice article. About AI reqs, the presentation and maybe research by Prof Vogelsang is of interest. His presentation from 2009 gives an idea how to specify and work with "artificial… Show comment

  • From: John Mylopoulos
  • Date: May 15th, 2020

The evidence that RE is the riskiest phase of software development comes from industrial studies performed by the Standish Group in the 90s and others more recently. The three most important success… Show comment

  • From: Istvan Vasas
  • Date: May 14th, 2020

Nice interview, thanks for the insights. I wonder what recent empirical research underpins this statement: "there is ample evidence that RE constitutes the riskiest phase of software development… Show comment

  • From: Jari Laasonen
  • Date: May 14th, 2020

Interesting article! Especially the part of AI systems and the new scope of requirements that lay ahead. Show comment

Functional Requirements and their levels of granularity

What are the levels of granularity of functional requirements and why this is important

Written by Guilherme Siqueira Simões, Carlos Eduardo Vazquez

  • From: Carlos Eduardo Vazquez
  • Date: January 17th, 2020

James, the granularity concept is useful not only to verify requirements completeness, but also to its consistency. For instance, when you identify a fragment of a functionality, it is usually… Show comment

  • From: James Wilson
  • Date: January 16th, 2020

Well described. There are various kinds of functional requirements that always helps you check whether the product is providing all the functionalities that were mentioned in the functional… Show comment

  • From: Jen
  • Date: September 25th, 2019

Great Article This was a really useful article - thank you. I had tried so many different search terms and perused so many articles before finding yours. Everything else was useless. Yours outlined… Show comment

  • From: Robin Goldsmith
  • Date: February 21st, 2017

Additional perspectives on granularity See my top quality tip of the year, “What is a test case?” at on … Show comment

  • From: Patrick Saint-Dizier
  • Date: December 18th, 2019

Dear John, Thanks for your observation, which makes sense. First, let me say that this example is an extract from a real document. If we reason from a purely arithmetic perspective, then interval… Show comment

  • From: John Bromell
  • Date: December 16th, 2019

An interesting article marred by an incoherence The text gives the following example: "Speed between 250 and 220 kts: flap 5 degrees Speed between 220 and 200 kts: flap 15 degrees Speed between… Show comment

  • From: Bonni Sullivan
  • Date: December 12th, 2019

Outstanding context! I'll have to read it more than once to truly sink in, but very affirming. I am a firm believer in documenting what one is involved in during a project; how would one remember… Show comment

  • From: Putcha Narasimham
  • Date: December 10th, 2019

Detecting incoherent Requirements without mastery of language The methods suggested are welcome but all of them seem to demand mastery of language of text of requirements document. That is always so… Show comment

KCycle: Knowledge-Based & Agile Software Quality Assurance

An approach for iterative and requirements-based quality assurance in DevOps

Written by Albert Tort

  • From: Albert Tort
  • Date: July 9th, 2019

Sogeti has created a propietary editor for managing user stories and flow sketches in agile model-based testing services. Another option is to use Jira as a repository for user stories to be imported… Show comment

  • From: Praveen
  • Date: June 27th, 2019

Do you know a tool to generate test cases in the KCycle? You mention the possibility in the paragraph “Test cases generation from semiformal user stories (K+).” There you mention specific K+ editors. Do … Show comment

  • From: Albert Tort
  • Date: June 24th, 2019

This is a model-based approach, but the “model” is the set of user stories. If we modify user stories and their acceptance criteria according to requirement changes across iterations, then test cases are… Show comment

  • From: Jayesh K S
  • Date: June 21st, 2019

Do we have any existing examples of this approach being implemented . This approach might not work when a user story keeps moving from sprint to sprint and also the requirements change on it, correct? Show comment

Sharing My Doubts on the Focus of Requirements

Requirements and where to put them

Written by Karol Frühauf

  • From: Ronald Schaareman
  • Date: December 18th, 2018

Requirements Documentation Interesting post. However, would you really want to re-invent the manner in how you document requirements for every project? Would you not rather apply a standard way of… Show comment

  • From: Landon Miller
  • Date: December 22nd, 2017

Worthy of Consideration Thank you for challenging a bit of orthodoxy. Show comment

Is requirements engineering still needed in agile development approaches?

When every new iteration can violate previously satisfied requirements

Written by Rodolphe Arthaud

  • From: Addey de Roubaix
  • Date: October 29th, 2018

User Story and Requirement I see such existential pain in writers trying to paint the User Story as "something different" from a Requirement. Recently, I read "The Cruel Sea" by… Show comment

Modeling Requirements with SysML

How modeling can be useful to better define and trace requirements

Written by Pascal Roques

  • From: Pascal Roques – Author
  • Date: August 6th, 2018

I fully agree that requirements in SysML are opaque objects and their relevance relies on the skills of the author. But is not it the same with classical Requirements Management tools as Doors? SysML… Show comment

  • From: Malte Plath
  • Date: July 10th, 2018

What is the use of modelling requirements? For fans of graphical modelling languages, it is certainly a relief that they can now model objects called "requirements". In fact, this is a step… Show comment

  • From: Pascal Roques – Author
  • Date: July 4th, 2016

Yes, sure, with SysML we also design architectures and designs. And we need to trace the design elements with respect to the requirements. That is exactly the aim of the… Show comment

  • From: Manoranjan Satpathy
  • Date: June 30th, 2016

Validation aspects Using SysML we not only specify the requirements, we also design a high level architecture and a design. There is need to say that the designs are consistent with the requirements.… Show comment

  • From: – Author
  • Date: August 19th, 2015

Hi Cesar, There are several ways modeling tools can help with impact analysis. First, of course, you have to model <<satisfy>> relationship between design elements and requirements in… Show comment

  • From: Cesar Lazo
  • Date: August 3rd, 2015

Hello Pascal, Thank you for the article, I enjoyed reading it. Could you provide and example of an automated impact analysis when the requirements change or say some words about how a Modelling tool… Show comment

  • From: – Author
  • Date: June 29th, 2015

Hi Willi, you can find examples of bdd and ibd in the freely downloadable OMG SysML 1.4 Specification (document: OMG ptc/13-12-10), annex D (Sample Problem). Usually, these diagrams are used for… Show comment

  • From: Willi Kruger
  • Date: June 22nd, 2015

I am unfamiliar with the following diagrams. Block Definition Diagram and Internal Block Diagram. Is it possible to post some examples. Show comment

  • From: Pascal Roques – Author
  • Date: May 4th, 2015

Hi Stephan Both are possible and legal in SysML! Here I was meaning that a requirement can refine a Use Case, adding non functional constraints for instance. Cordialement Pascal Show comment

  • From: Stephan Roth
  • Date: May 1st, 2015

Hello Pascal, thanks for the article, it's a good read. I just have one remark: I think the arrow direction of the refine-relationship should be from the use case (the dependent element) to the SysML… Show comment

An “agile” lifecycle for requirements

When requirements and the product are elaborated concurrently

Written by Rodolphe Arthaud

  • From: Rodolphe Arthaud – Author
  • Date: July 13th, 2018

As David pointed out, the generation of the backlog itself is out of the scope of this article, which begins with requirements and stories already “Created”, whatever it took to create them. My art… Show comment

  • From: Christopher Hurney
  • Date: July 12th, 2018

The Product Backlog A hearty thank you to those who commented about this article picking up from the point at which a backlog already exists. If we are simply going to take for granted that User… Show comment

  • From: David Wright
  • Date: October 30th, 2015

Perhaps this is out of the scope of the article , but no one ever seems to describe how the backlog comes to exist, its existence is just assumed , so on to the methodology that depends a… Show comment

  • From: Rodolphe Arthaud
  • Date: October 30th, 2015

Indeed, how to fill the backlog was out of scope. However, your question is interesting. First thought: elicitation techniques that are applicable to "classic" projects are still applicable… Show comment

The goal is to solve the problem

Some thoughts on problems and goals in the context of requirements engineering

Written by Hans van Loenhoud, Kim Lauenroth, Patrick Steiger

  • From: Hans van Loenhoud – Author
  • Date: June 20th, 2018

Hi Fabian, Thank you for your valuable comment. Indeed, our article is written from a theoretical point of view. And because, as you say, the world is messy, difficult and complex, such a theoretical… Show comment

  • From: Fabian Meier
  • Date: June 5th, 2018

I like the approach to look the problem/goal/solution triangle from a very theoretical point of view. However, the world is messy, difficult and complex... I'm not sure if the entity relationship… Show comment

  • From: Patrick Steiger – Author
  • Date: November 15th, 2017

Dear Grigory Thank you for your extended feedback on our article. You are right that the term "requirement" has two faces: The originator (stakeholder) issues requirements to be implemented… Show comment

  • From: Grigory Grin
  • Date: November 11th, 2017

Very good article and yes, a shift of paradigm There are problems (and/or goals, I even think this distinguishing is not that important), and there are solutions. Requirements are secondary and they… Show comment

  • From: Hans van Loenhoud – Author
  • Date: November 10th, 2017

Dear Lakshmi, Thank you for your reaction. In our opinion, the requirements engineer's proposal is, at first, a set of candidate solutions, related to the analysis of the complete landscape of… Show comment

  • From: Lakshmiganthan Sundararajan
  • Date: October 31st, 2017

I agree with problems and goals. What do we call a requirement engineer's proposal? An idea? If it is different from problems / goals stated by stakeholders, then would you add it to one of these… Show comment

  • From: David Olson
  • Date: October 5th, 2017

A truly excellent article I want to commend the authors for putting together a truly excellent article. They manage to take what are often treated as slightly-related concepts and not only tie them… Show comment

  • From: Hans van Loenhoud – Author
  • Date: September 14th, 2017

Solutions first, requirements second ... Dear Josef Falk, Indeed, we see a fundamental paradigm shift, which, in my opinion, is triggered by the Agile storm that has been raging over the IT world.… Show comment

  • From: Josef Falk
  • Date: September 12th, 2017

First requirements - then solution? Or the other way round? Dear authors, Thank you for the invitation to give feedback to your article. I would like to state briefly: I totally agree with your… Show comment

REQM guidance matrix

A framework to drive requirements management

Written by Fabrício Laguna

  • From: Cirlene Soares
  • Date: December 22nd, 2017

Matriz de requisitos Excelente material. Não é tarefa fácil para o analista de negócios descrever todos os requisitos considerando o ponto de vista do cliente e do fornecedor, levando em consideração neces… Show comment

  • From: Gaetano Carpentiero
  • Date: November 16th, 2017

Content clarity My feedback is just to make my compliments to the author for the clarity and depth with which the content has been exposed. I think it was really praiseworthy to share the framework. Show comment

Managing the Invisible

Ensuring Software Quality beyond Micromanagement

Written by Gunnar Harde

  • From: David Gelperin
  • Date: May 18th, 2017

Focusing on requirements for quality attributes, we distinguish external (i.e., wholly visible to customers e.g., usability) from mixed (i.e., partially visible to customers e.g., safety) from… Show comment

Sharing My Doubts on Goals and Requirements

Goals are intended, Requirements are imposed

Written by Karol Frühauf

  • From: David Gelperin
  • Date: May 8th, 2017

Requirements can be viewed as verifiable characteristics of a work product that are needed for success. There are 3 types of requirements from this perspective: functional, quality goals, and… Show comment

  • From: Gerhard Schwab
  • Date: March 1st, 2017

Goals are the reason why projects are initiated - requirements are, what systems must fulfill I totally agree with this view. I use the terms "goal" and "requirement" in a very… Show comment

  • From: Karol Frühauf – Author
  • Date: March 1st, 2017

Yes, it is. Show comment

The Business Case for Agile Business Analysis

What is Agile Business Analysis, and 10 reasons why it’s worth developing the competency within your agile organization

Written by Howard Podeswa

  • From: Howard Podeswa – Author
  • Date: March 20th, 2017

Thanks for your comments. I agree that one of the primary reasons that Business Analysis is often overlooked in agile contexts is simply the fact that there is little mention of it in the many of the… Show comment

  • From: Rick O'Brien
  • Date: March 16th, 2017

Thank you for the well written and thoughtful article. I have seen instances where the logic is agile doesn't mention business analysts and therefore we don't need them lead to unfortunate personnel… Show comment

  • From: Howard Podeswa – Author
  • Date: March 2nd, 2017

In reply to: “it seems to me that there is inevitably a tension between on the one hand Agile's push to develop partial solutions delivering incremental business value and on the other hand the BA's d… Show comment

  • From: Gareth Rogers
  • Date: March 1st, 2017

Really good article. The vision of Agile and business analysis representing the two most important streams of development out of the software crisis which must now join together is a powerful one. If… Show comment

  • From: Howard Podeswa – Author
  • Date: February 25th, 2017

Re: “Your Figure 5 [bar graph of success rates vs. method vs. RDMM] seems to strongly indicate that it’s not Agile that provides substantial benefits to project success, it’s a higher level of requi… Show comment

  • From: Dave
  • Date: February 24th, 2017

Agile Appears to be a non-factor or negative factor. Requirements maturity seems to be the key. Your Figure 5 seems to strongly indicate that it's not Agile that provides substantial benefits to… Show comment

Making “agiLE” Work

Agile in the Large Enterprise

Written by Joy Beatty, Candase Hokanson

  • From: Joy Beatty – Author
  • Date: February 28th, 2017

Models in Agile - of course! Thanks for the comments Reid! And you clearly know me all too well! Fear not, I still think models are hugely valuable in scaling Agile too. Visual models help when… Show comment

  • From: Reid
  • Date: February 24th, 2017

Phenomenal! Candase, Joy, you just increased my knowledge of scaling by 1000% in a few minutes. Extremely well-written, highly digestable. But Joy, where were the visual models? :-) Show comment

Sharing My Doubts on Shall / Should / Will etc.

When shall does not need to be must

Written by Karol Frühauf

  • From: Andrea Herrmann
  • Date: January 10th, 2017

I completely agree with what is written in the article. In my courses, I recommend to not codify the degree of bindingness or priority in the requirement's text. This would not support a systematic… Show comment

  • From: Martin Tate
  • Date: December 23rd, 2016

I definitely support the views of the author and commentators that building words into requirements to express importance, liability or urgency is counter-productive. By 'giving commands' it also… Show comment

  • From: Gildas Prémel-Cabic
  • Date: December 6th, 2016

Subject: When shall does not need to be must Dear RE, Have you ever used such user requirement templates: As an <­actor­> I wish <­action­> so that… Show comment

  • From: Karol Frühauf – Author
  • Date: October 25th, 2016

My doubts were justified. Thanks Alan for pointing out that reuse of requirements is another scenario in which the degree of necessity included in the requirements statement is “in the way”. You sha… Show comment

  • From: Viktor Gleim
  • Date: October 25th, 2016

Absolutely agree with the statements in this article. MoSCoW method for setting priorities to the requirements always seemed a bit risky to me. Even Karl Wiegers talked about it in one of his… Show comment

  • From: Karol Frühauf – Author
  • Date: October 25th, 2016

Thanks for the reference to Karl’s article. Enjoy life where you are (not in Moscow, I guess). Karol Frühauf Show comment

  • From: Alan Maxwell
  • Date: October 24th, 2016

There is an important implied assumption here that I would like to raise and discuss the consequences of. Namely that the requirements and priority collected and documented are for a single… Show comment

  • From: Karol Frühauf – Author
  • Date: October 23rd, 2016

Dear Patrick, thanks for your feedback. Actually, I did not intend to discuss the denotations of the degrees of necessity. I quoted some literature as a kind of introduction. My intentions was to… Show comment

  • From: Patrick Saint-Dizier
  • Date: October 20th, 2016

Thanks for your article. I saw in the past, in a number of company recommendations, the type of gradation you develop in this article. The goal was to settle priority levels among requirements,… Show comment

Requirements Engineering in German Job Advertisements

A statistical analysis and trends from 2009 to 2015

Written by Andrea Herrmann, Marcel Weber

  • From: Andrea Herrmann – Author
  • Date: December 15th, 2016

Dear Maurice, IREB is working on this. ISTQB just is some few years ahead. I will repeat this study regulary, so we can observe the development! Best regards, Andrea Show comment

  • From: Maurice Spee
  • Date: December 14th, 2016

Interesting article. Confirms my opinion about how many companies look at requirements engineering. That is: it is certainly not a job, it is some kind of role that can be performed by every… Show comment

  • From: Frank Rabeler
  • Date: October 18th, 2016

Thank you for this article. To me this article proves that there is still a long way ahead for IREB. IREB wants to professionalize Requirements Engineering. More than 27,000 certifications are a huge… Show comment

  • From: Stefan Sturm
  • Date: October 18th, 2016

Hi Frank, you’re perfectly right – but it’s not an easy task. Recently IREB started to talk not to the RE community only, but to trade groups in order to inform their members about Requirements Engin… Show comment

Project Value Delivered

The True Measure of Requirements Quality.

Written by Joy Beatty, Candase Hokanson

  • From: Marc Nadeau
  • Date: July 21st, 2016

Thank you! I lead a BA organization and have been circling this issue over the last few weeks after it occurred to me out project teams (and stakeholders) do not really understand the business… Show comment

  • From: Candase Hokanson – Author
  • Date: September 2nd, 2014

Hi Rene, For requirements models here, we are talking about any model used to help find requirements. We were basing our analysis on the RML models found in Visual Models for Software Requirements.… Show comment

  • From: René
  • Date: August 25th, 2014

Hi, in chapter "Project Analysis Results" you are talking about requirements models. Can you explain that a little bit? What models are this, can you give an example please? Did I… Show comment

  • From: José
  • Date: August 12th, 2014

I guess the principal idea is ok, rather than focus on a document specification, focus on added value delivering, and avoid wasting time in useless projects and features. Just that it's not enough...… Show comment

Sharing My Doubts on Acceptance Criteria

Do you know what acceptance criteria are?

Written by Karol Frühauf

  • From: Karol Frühauf – Author
  • Date: July 12th, 2016

Dear Suzanne, many thanks for your insights. I hope our discussion inspires the readers of the magazine to contribute. All the best Karol Show comment

  • From: Suzanne Robertson
  • Date: July 7th, 2016

Dear Karol, Thanks for your response, here are a few thoughts about the questions that you raise. "So it seems that the Fit Criteria add the necessary preciseness to the description of the thing… Show comment

  • From: Karol Frühauf – Author
  • Date: July 3rd, 2016

Dear Suzanne, many thanks for your feedback and sorry for the delayed reaction. The distribution of work you suggest is: BA defines the requirement and the Fit Criterion Tester defines the test case… Show comment

  • From: Suzanne Robertson
  • Date: June 16th, 2016

Hello Karol, Thanks for your thought provoking piece. I certainly share your experiences where the word "acceptance" is used in a very elastic way. I agree with your distinction between:… Show comment

Survival Kit for the RE Guy

Anecdotes from a Requirements Engineer in the Real World

Written by Deepti Savio

  • From: Deepti Savio – Author
  • Date: June 17th, 2016

Happy to know that you have some takeaways from this article, Sandeep. Good luck with your RE journey! Show comment

  • From: Sandeep Nemade
  • Date: June 16th, 2016

I absolutely agree with article and am learning to become good dealing when people don't like or have different matrix. I struggled with dealing getting requirements & this article helps is… Show comment

Bridging communication gaps with a Feature Tree

How product manager and development team found a common language and understanding

Written by Ina Paschen, Emmerich Fuchs

  • From: Ina Paschen – Author
  • Date: April 10th, 2016

Dear Mr. Pfuhl Thank you for your kind comment. Some pre-agile requirements methods do a very good job in the agile world as well. But also the combination with new methods like story mapping might… Show comment

  • From: Roland Pfuhl
  • Date: April 3rd, 2016

Lots of good thoughts Dear Ms Paschen, Dear Mr Fuchs, thank you for this article which I stumbled upon while searching for an easy, structured way to document the bird's eye view of our running… Show comment

NLP for Requirements Engineers, Part 1

How requirements engineers can benefit from applying the NLP communication techniques

Written by Corrine Thomas, Albena Georgieva

  • From: Corrine Thomas – Author
  • Date: March 29th, 2016

Thank you for taking the time to read our article and for your feedback. Writing good requirements takes a lot of effort and skill by the requirements engineer and I hope we have provided some… Show comment

  • From: Herman Driessen
  • Date: March 4th, 2016

Hi Corrine and Albena, Thank you for Part 1 of a useful and interesting article. When you ponder on the topic it is amazing that we can produce useful requirements. Maybe I am mailing prematurely and… Show comment

RE in Agile Projects: Survey Results

Results of research project announced in a previous issue.

Written by Gareth Rogers

  • From: Paul Miller
  • Date: March 3rd, 2016

Great article, we need more survey based research like this. How can the Agile approach claim that changing requirements are shown to be well addressed in the face of the contradiction that hidden,… Show comment

  • From: Gareth Rogers – Author
  • Date: March 3rd, 2016

Thanks Paul. The survey sample is of course quite small, but the message that requirements problems have not simply gone away in Agile projects is certainly one which chimes with my own experience.… Show comment

What makes Women Better BAs

What makes an excellent BA and are women more suited to the role?

Written by Sandra Leek

  • From: Chris
  • Date: March 1st, 2016

Multitasking: not a try skill I agree with a lot of what the author is saying regarding what women bring to the table as BAs. I need to take issue with the concept of multitasking however. It has… Show comment

Building in security instead of testing it in

Eliciting security requirements needs a different process

Written by Edward van Deursen, Jan Jaap Cannegieter

  • From: Edward van Deursen and Jan Jaap Cannegieter – Author
  • Date: November 23rd, 2015

Thanks Annick! Show comment

  • From: Annick Rimbod-Pethiod
  • Date: November 22nd, 2015

Subject: Techniques for eliciting and documenting security requirements Very interesting approach to elicit security requirements: considering abuse case, misuse case and confuse, additionnally to… Show comment

The Business Analysis Center of Excellence

How to build a strong foundation for business analysis and requirements engineering inside a company

Written by Christoph Wolf

  • From: Rahul Ajani
  • Date: September 23rd, 2015

I enjoyed reading it I came across this article while doing research for the future of business analysis. I agree with you that role of business analyst is changing, and the demand will change, too.… Show comment

Mobile RE

The Mobile Future of Requirements Engineering

Written by Ursula Meseberg, Tanja Weiß

  • From: Mohan Shenoy
  • Date: June 22nd, 2015

Excellent article , Author writes to the point and I agree with observations noted. Show comment

RE in Agile Projects: a Survey

Has RE adapted itself to the challenges of Agile methods?

Written by Gareth Rogers

  • From: – Author
  • Date: May 5th, 2015

Hi Peter, Thanks for the feedback. Glad that you also find the topic relevant. Will let the survey run for a month or two, here and in other forums aimed in particular at Agile proponents. The aim is… Show comment

  • From: Peter Rubarth
  • Date: May 4th, 2015

Great idea Hi Gareth, I'm really excited that you undertake this survey. I was thinking about doing something similar because I wanted to test my hypothesis that agile RE in real projects is much… Show comment

Agile Product Ownership

9 Essentials for Product Success

Written by Ellen Gottesdiener

  • From: Matthias Brenner
  • Date: February 12th, 2015

Thank you for this perfect definition of my dream job. Currently working within a partly-agile project, I focus on parts of that you've described within this article, namely the customer… Show comment

Agility and Obligation

Part 1: Why Fixed Price Projects Fail

Written by Gunnar Harde

  • From: Arjun
  • Date: February 10th, 2015

Fixed price offer Projects/Work packages can really be a bottleneck Recently we are doing a fixed offer project with our North american counterparts. Even though we are from the the same company… Show comment

  • From: Gunnar Harde – Author
  • Date: February 10th, 2015

Dear Arjun, many thanks for sharing your experiences with fixed price projects. Exceeding a budget by a factor of three is certainly a very unpleasant situation. I think you are absolutely right: If… Show comment

  • From: David Wright
  • Date: February 5th, 2015

Years to do requirements? Obviously not a good practice... If something. Is that big, you need business and information architecture, break the beast into cohesive and decoupled pieces, and start… Show comment

  • From: Gunnar Harde – Author
  • Date: February 4th, 2015

Dear David, it's interesting for me to see how different your experiences are compared to my ones. The phone number example is a good one for this: I have seen a lot of requirements of this kind. In… Show comment

  • From: David Wright
  • Date: February 3rd, 2015

Need a little separation Two things going on here, sloppy requirements and unprofessional contractors. My experience is on the requirements side, driven by the reality that detailed requirements can… Show comment

  • From: Gunnar Harde – Author
  • Date: February 2nd, 2015

Dear Paul, thanks for your feedback. You are right: If things go pear-shaped and there is no contract that describes the committed requirements, a costumer has basically no protection in law. But in… Show comment

  • From: Paul Miller
  • Date: February 1st, 2015

Good article, lots of nodding heads from this side......but.....a contract is a contract, a customer has to protect themselves somehow and fixed price contracts provide protection in law if things go… Show comment

Poor requirements?

Welcome outsourcing!

Written by Johan Zandhuis

  • From: Bert Hogemans
  • Date: November 14th, 2014

Subject: Feedback on feedback As I read the article, the author's point is that outsourcing CAN lead to significant improvements in processes such as requirements development and management, not that… Show comment

  • From: Robin Goldsmith
  • Date: October 30th, 2014

Subject: Failure seldom leads to insight In my experience with more than 20 outsourcing engagements from all perspectives and observing many others, I’ve found that without appropriate guidance u… Show comment

Product Management

Effective product management is the critical success factor to make a product successful – across its life-cycle and across markets.

Written by Christof Ebert

  • From: Manoj
  • Date: September 28th, 2014

I think I can answer my own question now: Show comment

  • From: Manoj
  • Date: September 18th, 2014

Dear Dr. Ebert Few product management articles I read discuss intellectual property (patents, trademarks, designs, utility models) and how to incorporate IP into an efective product management… Show comment

Five Questions

Transitioning successfully from the IT side to business – and 5 questions you should ask yourself before moving from the tech side to Business Analysis

Written by Howard Podeswa

  • From: Chandrakanth Bendarapu
  • Date: September 19th, 2014

Subject: Great article with valuable information Many thanks for posting this information. I could clearly correlate myself to be in the transition phase from a developer to BA. I am working in a… Show comment

  • From: Howard Podeswa – Author
  • Date: April 24th, 2014

Hi Simon Thanks for your feedback. Yes, I could summarize my advice on the question of outsourcing by quoting my father-in-law: "Cheap is expensive." Not always, with respect to… Show comment

  • From: Simon Hajjar
  • Date: March 15th, 2014

Awesome article. Do you have more information or advice around IT outsourcing, pros and cons etc. I could search on the internet for this and I have but I respect your opinions and advice as you are… Show comment

Open Up

How the ReqIF Standard for Requirements Exchange Disrupts the Tool Market.

Written by Michael Jastram

  • From: Michael Jastram – Author
  • Date: September 2nd, 2014

Benjamin, Nice to hear from you. You're not the only one who thought RIF/ReqIF was dead. Hope you're doing well. Best, Michael Show comment

  • From: Benjamin Kaß
  • Date: August 29th, 2014

Michael, thanks a lot for the summary and update. There have been times in the earlier steps of the "Hype cycle", were I never would have thought it will survive ... I did not follow ReqIF… Show comment

  • From: Michael Jastram – Author
  • Date: August 20th, 2014

Chris, I am glad you found the article helpful. Are you familiar with the "Hype Cycle of Emerging Technologies" ( This… Show comment

  • From: Chris Annal
  • Date: August 15th, 2014

I currently use the DOORS tool for requirement management / traceability, and had worked on a project where I had the opportunity to experiment with ReqIF to exchange requirement objects. This is the… Show comment

Automated Quality Assurance

Automated Quality Assurance of Software Requirements. The following contribution deals with the automated assurance of software requirements quality.

Written by Harry Sneed

  • From: José
  • Date: August 13th, 2014

First of all, I liked this article too much, very formal and well structured, the author's quality is noticed. I just wonder, why today with all the advance in ML and text recognition, stuff like… Show comment

How agile can Requirements Engineers really be?

My experiences from the Telecoms industry.

Written by Gareth Rogers

  • From: Laura
  • Date: July 30th, 2014

In my organization, an opportunity appeared to become the Requirements Queen, and I'm taking it. As one big project is wrapping up, I'm preparing to work on requirement specs for other projects, and… Show comment

Opportunities & Approaches

Re-Use of Requirements via Libraries:
Opportunities & Approaches

Written by Jens Schirpenbach

  • From: Dusko Jovanovic
  • Date: July 6th, 2014

Inspired by this paper, and wishing to give it a proper credit, landed at making an overview of major topics of reuse in RE! The paper touches nicely upon important topics of… Show comment

  • From: Putcha V. Narasimham
  • Date: May 5th, 2014

It is well-reasoned and well-supported by citation of industrial practices—not very common in BA & RE publications. Then I found the reason. It is based on real manufacturing and service… Show comment

Toward Better RE

The Main Thing is Keeping the Main Thing
the Main Thing

Written by Dr. Ralph R. Young

  • From: Putcha V. Narasimham
  • Date: May 5th, 2014

AA1: This article is very comprehensive, exhaustive full of analysis and cautions with citations from established authorities on BA, RE, SE, PM etc. AA2 It gives a hope that one can possibly get… Show comment

Think Like a Scientist

Using Hypothesis Testing and Metrics to Drive Requirements Elicitation

Written by Mats Wessberg

  • From: Putcha V. Narasimham
  • Date: April 3rd, 2014

Mats Wessberg: For all the claims of "engineering" applied to RE the methods and techniques of RE lack the essentials of what makes anything scientific and engineering. In contrast the… Show comment

What does it mean?

What does it mean to say „requirement“? An inquiry into the abilities of the human mind and the meaning of the word „requirement“.

Written by Kim Lauenroth

  • From: Matthias Brenner
  • Date: March 6th, 2014

Thank you Kim, for this very inspiring and interestingly written article. I had a lot of discussions with colleagues on the topic, if it is really possible and useful to write requirements that are… Show comment