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T04 - Requirements on a shoestring: how to cope in industry projects with poor requirements engineering awareness
Studying the history of IT industry breakthroughs since 1950-s, you do not find the term "requirements engineering" much. Yet, for all practical purposes, it was exactly brilliant handling of the requirements that characterized all its success stories.
At RE'14 we hear about great advances and superb accomplishments in requirements engineering, but in IT industry, the situation is regularly much worse. To improve processes and projects fast, you do not have time to revamp them radically, introducing full-scale requirements engineering, but you have to go through channels already available, where requirements engineering can be introduced, though under the guise if other names and procedures. This tutorial will help the Participants to learn how to do this, through the following gateways:
- Project management practices: PMI (PMBOK), IPMA and PRINCE 2 allow much RE improvement.
- Agile: the agile framework is very requirements-centred, albeit using exotic terminology.
- Programming and design: RE improvement through DDD, BDD and FDD.
- Business analysis - if its scope is sufficiently broadened, it may be an effective gateway for comprehensive RE practices.
- Test analysis and design are excellent ways of filling in where insufficient RE has left off. We will look at agile ATDD and TDD from this perspective.
- Exploratory testing: this exceedingly popular ideology provides ample room for performing some good, though late, requirements elicitation and analysis.
- Market research: in many respects, it essentially is the same as requirements elicitation.