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  • Waterfall Requirements in Agile Product Development

    by Gene Gendel on  Aug 11, 2016

    The use of all-conclusive, hard-defined, non-negotiable BRDs is not appropriate in agile development. It will lead to an array of dysfunctions, including Local Optimization, deterioration of relationships between Product Owners and Feature Teams as well as loss of trust by end-customers. A refined, well-prioritized Product Backlog is the right place to store requirements in agile development.

  • Why ALM Is Becoming Indispensable in Safety-Critical Product Development

    by Kristof Horvath on  Jul 15, 2016

    Integrated Application Lifecycle Management platforms are advancing product development in life and safety critical environments. The story of how Medtronic Neuromodulation were able to modernize their processes using ALM helps us understand current and future trends in the development of complex software-heavy products.

  • User Stories Are Placeholders for Requirements

    by Russ Lewis on  Jun 06, 2016

    It can be difficult to change from a Waterfall approach where ‘business analysts write big requirements up front’ to the Agile practice in which requirements are prepared ‘just in time’, and are the responsibility of the entire team. The secret to success in Agile is ruthless management of scope.

Q&A with Dave Snowden on Leadership and Using Cynefin for Capturing Requirements

Posted by Ben Linders on  Apr 23, 2016

InfoQ interviewed Dave Snowden about applying leadership models, the Cynefin model and how it can be used for capturing requirements, scaling agile, and sustainable change.

Q&A with the Authors on "Requirements: The Masterclass LiveLessons-Traditional, Agile, Outsourcing"

Posted by Rui Miguel Ferreira on  Apr 17, 2016

InfoQ interviewed Suzanne and James Robertson on the "Requirements: The Masterclass LiveLessons - Traditional, Agile, Outsourcing" to get further insights into some of the topics addressed.

What Makes Joy,Inc Work? Part 3 – High-Tech Anthropology®

Posted by Shane Hastie on  Nov 19, 2015

This is the last of three articles exploring the culture and practices that makes Menlo Innovations such a joyous workplace. This article examines their approach to user experience and requirements

The Hierarchy of Needs

Posted by Manfred Rätzmann on  Jul 24, 2015

This article shows how to prioritize your backlog using an enhanced quality model using Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs. Search for most valuable features using the Need-Feature-Capability matrix 2

Q&A on Agile! The Good, the Hype and the Ugly

Posted by Ben Linders on  Mar 13, 2015

The book "Agile! The Good, the Hype and the Ugly" provides a review of agile principles, techniques and tools. It explores the agile methods Extreme Programming, Lean Software, Scrum and Crystal. 5

Getting RID of Risk with Agile

Posted by Jacob Creech on  Jan 21, 2015

One of the largest areas of development waste are poorly formed requirements. This post presents a very simple technique that can be applied to all user stories to improve quality and reduce waste. 3

Working Together, Sitting Apart

Posted by Hugo Messer on  Oct 05, 2014

This article is the first article in a series on managing remote teams, which shares experiences in developing a process for remote collaboration.

Meet Elaine: A Persona- Driven Approach to Exploring Architecturally Significant Requirements

Posted by Jane Cleland-Huang on  Dec 15, 2013

This article shares a simple technique used to address problems such as a system’s intended functionality but also qualities such as performance, reliability, portability, and availability.

Discover to Deliver: Author Q&A

Posted by Shane Hastie on  Oct 14, 2013

Ellen Gottesdiener and Mary Gorman have written a book titled Discover to Deliver: Agile Product Planning and Analysis. They recently spoke to InfoQ about the ideas behind the book.

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