Google search returns over 95k results for "poor requirements". Software projects are constantly failing due to poor requirements. Here are few stats: (source: http://custom-business-software.com/cost-poor-requirements/) Often Analysis is unstructured. The outcomes of analysis are vague. Few deliverables do not cover wider scope. And others do not cover required depth. Project teams does not often share the outcome of analysis … Continue reading Three Stages of Analysis
Every project initiates with preliminary planning followed by Analysis/Design. But, why we do analysis? What is the actual purpose of requirements elicitation, documentation, identifying solution options, providing estimates and so on? Why instead of spending time on analysis, we just build the required product and iteratively improve it? Well, it may sound revolutionary idea, however, the reality is the … Continue reading Why Do We Do Analysis?
Have you ever experienced Presentation sickness? It may be while attending a boring, long presentation..... OR While delivering presentation to uninterested audience..... Presenting in the consulting engagement can be a challenging task. Clients have high expectations. Consultants are expected to know their stuff, present professionally and manage client expectations. If you are presenting make sure … Continue reading How To Deliver Awesome Client Presentation?
Requirement elicitation/gathering can be a complex process. Especially, contracting/consulting in a new domain. The main problem is, ‘What you don’t know is you don’t know?’ It is easy to miss consulting few important business areas. To ensure completeness of requirements we require an overarching checklist. I hope you will find Singh’s Requirements Landscape helpful! What … Continue reading Types of Requirements – 61 and counting!
Everyone has unique way to look at ‘problem’. Some think of solution before giving second thought to problem: “We need to reduce team size because our margins are getting too slim” “I need divorce because I am not happy” “I need new phone because my phone is too slow” Other beat around bush….. “It is … Continue reading Complex Problems Made Easy!
Let us first understand about project scope: Client: “I have a block of land. I want to build a standard one-story house according to this plan. Can you please give some pricing?” Builder: “Why not sir! Looking at your house plan. It will cost you $250,000 for standard fittings. Note that it does not include tiles, … Continue reading How to define project scope
Big or small, being in Business we all experience business problems. They may relate to process, policy, technology, people, management or combination of them. We all have our own way to look at business problems and their solutions too. For instance, if Call centre is not functioning properly, Operations Manager may propose to provide more training … Continue reading How to investigate business problem!