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Characteristics of a Good Leader

by Dale Gibbons on October 3, 2018 | software project requirements

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Leadership is a gold-plated word, isn’t it? It’s so valuable to companies, they pay big, big money for it. It’s so impactful to families, children beg for it. Cling to it. It’s so valuable to teams, they’ll jump out of airplanes after it. The third item on our “12 Reasons Software Projects Fail” is lack of executive leadership. A foggy...

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Crafting Actionable Use Cases

by Adam Robinson on February 15, 2018 | software project requirements

crafting actionable use cases for your custom software project

Use Cases Our previous blog posts made a case for gathering project requirements, identified three core requirements types, focused on busienss objectives, and strategies for eliciting user input. Our focus is going to shift towards determining and defining specific things an application must do to provide value to users. A use case is a description of how an external actor...

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Getting User Input

by Adam Robinson on February 7, 2018 | software project requirements

Asking the right questions is the key to gathering quality requirements for your software project, but before you can begin asking questions, you need to know who to ask. Identify User Groups In most cases, multiple groups, or classes, of users will interact with the software you want to build. For example, a manufacturing workflow tracking application may have the...

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Business Objectives for Software Projects

by Dale Gibbons on January 31, 2018 | software project requirements

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In our previous blog post, we identified the three critical requirements or “specifications” needed by developers to design software that works—software that saves you time and money and helps you delight your customer. Here they are again: Business Requirements User Requirements Functional Requirements Now, let’s look closer at the trickiest of the three: Business Requirements. Common Sense and Common Practice...

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3 Types of Software Project Requirements

by Adam Robinson on January 18, 2018 | software project requirements

software project requirements

Businessman Bob has a business problem that requires a software solution. He reached out to Developer Dan to tell him about his problem and ask how much a solution will cost. Developer Dan explains the complexities of pricing software projects and recommends that they start the process by gathering software project requirements to establish the project scope and create a...

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The Case for Software Project Requirements

by Adam Robinson on January 10, 2018 | software project requirements

software project requirements

Most software projects are destined to fail before the first line of code is written. Why? Bad software project requirements. Failure to follow a proven process for gathering software project requirements is a guaranteed way to waste time, hemorrhage cash, and frustrate many people. The process of gathering requirements for a software project is challenging. It requires asking the right...

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