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Delivering quality software begins with clear and agreed to requirements. Industry averages for project rework range from 20–40%, and of that number 70–85% is related to requirements. Working from requirements that are “well formed” early in the project lifecycle will significantly reduce the frequency of defects, and clearly identify testing scope. Visualizations (such as storyboards and interactive simulations) ensure requirements are understood and provide a model for creation (generation) of test cases. If your organization has embraced Agile development methodologies, you must be prepared to find the balance between large sets of formal requirements and less formal Agile user stories. In a fast paced environment – understanding, tracking and assessing impact of changing business needs has never been more important. This presentation will explore some of the challenges affecting requirements definition and offer techniques to meet these challenges with success!
Key learning points
Webinar attendees will learn:
- How to use a visual approach to requirements definition for better requirements and aligned testing
- Impacts of Agile on traditional requirements management and testing approaches – the requirements “bell curve”
- Trends in requirements definition and management
About the speaker
Bryan Fangman is a senior product manager at Borland responsible for Requirements Definition and Management (RDM) strategic planning and software development, product support, marketing and customer relations with over 15 years of experience developing and integrating enterprise software applications. Formerly a systems engineering staff senior with Lockheed Martin, he focused on the alignment and integration of standard engineering processes with application lifecycle management tools supporting the CMMI Level 5 standard. He helped establish the Center of Excellence for Application Development and supported all phases of the application development life cycle including planning, requirements definition, analysis & design, development, testing, deployment and support. He co-presented with Forrester Research on the topic of object-based requirements, has presented to IIBA chapters on requirements visualization, and is currently speaking at executive luncheons on the topic of balancing requirements management and delivery in organizations with both Waterfall and Agile methodologies.