Mastering Software Project Requirements: A Framework for Successful Planning, Development & Alignment

PM WORLD Book Review

pmwj22-may2014-Godard-IMAGE1 BOOKBook Title:  Mastering Software Project Requirements: A Framework for Successful Planning, Development & Alignment
Author:  Barbara Davis
Publisher:  J. Ross Publishing
List Price:   US$ 54.95        Format:  hard cover; 296 pages
Publication Date:   September 2013       ISBN: 978-1604270914
Reviewer:      Jimmy Godard, PMP
Review Date:              April 2014

Why should you read this book?

There are so many books on software requirements, how is this one any different from the rest? I asked myself this question until I took the time to read the book from cover to cover. Yes, other books may provide adequate information on requirements.  However, I recommend this book because it highlights a simple approach that many of us can follow, on how to consult with stakeholders to manage and develop requirements.


This book is easy to read.  If you have a choice of only one book on this subject, I would recommend this one.  It is not heavily technical and can be read in about a week.  Allow about 12 days if you are reading a chapter a day.

The author walks the reader through the maze of requirements. She starts from the initiation of a project to requirements validation and sign off. She provides a roadmap to identify and understand a business solution. She included a pit stop at planning and managing the requirement process, which is an often overlooked step. Business/project managers usually have a solution, then jump in straight into requirements elicitation without having an agreed upon process with stakeholders. I am guilty in this arena and this pit stop is convincing.

The author takes the reader through the dry land of requirements in Chapter 3 and 4. You may need to focus once you reach the middle of the book as she provides an overwhelming amount of information and less real life examples in this section. The book ends by explaining how various methodologies can embrace the requirement process. The author discusses Agile, Waterfall, TOGAF, and DO-178C in this section.

The author, Barbara Davis, has been a champion for technology standards and infrastructure for over 13 years. She created the world’s first university-accredited Business Analysis diploma program. She has managed and grown business analysis portfolios from $500K to over $8 million.


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About the Reviewer

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Portland, Oregon, USA

Jimmy Godard, MBA, PMP, is a seasoned change manager. His work focuses on implementing global enterprise wide changes that impact, people, process, and technology.

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of cooperation between the publisher, PM World Journal and the Portland, Oregon, USA Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI Portland Chapter – www.pmi-portland.org). Publishers provide the books to the PMI Portland Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  Reviewers can keep the books and claim PDUs for PMP recertification.  PMI Portland Chapter members are generally mid-career professionals, the audience for most project management books.  If you are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact [email protected] or [email protected].