Tag: Requirements

Defining The Qualified User Story

Defining The Qualified User Story

Regardless of the client I work with, the teams seem to initially struggle with understanding how big (or small) a User Story is, relative to Epics, Features, and Tasks.  It doesn’t help when they first ask how big user stories are and my first response is “it depends“. It’s not uncommon to find team members…

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Write the same but different words

Write the same but different words

It’s all in how you say it. Or, in the case of this video, how you write it. In less than 2 minutes, this video will send a powerful message. It’s about writing from perspective. After watching it, I immediately thought of how a user story can communicate a message differently, compared to a standard “shall statement”…

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See Dick See Dick the PM Run

See Dick See Dick the PM Run

See Dick. See Dick run. Run Dick run. See Jane. See Jane run. Run Jane run. You get the idea. When I was in the first grade, those were the first sentences I remember reading.  I remember being frustrated by this because this isn’t really how we talk.  Well, actually, it isn’t how I talk.…

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Help Me Understand What I am Seeing Here

Help Me Understand What I am Seeing Here

Things seemed to get a little heated in the meeting yesterday.  Upon reviewing the vendor-supplied PowerPoint deck, we noticed graphs illustrating the quantity of issues found and when the vendor planned to fix them.  So, we flipped back a few slides and noticed a table detailing the quantity of requirements that passed or failed, during…

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Satisfying Needed Scope Versus Wants

Satisfying Needed Scope Versus Wants

What is the definition of Requirements Traceability Matrix? It’s a table that links requirements to their origin and traces them throughout the project life cycle.  Not everyone uses them. There are many templates and means to ensure your project meets the requirements.  But I can’t stress enough how important it is to ensure you’re working…

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