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Mastering Software Project Requirements

PM WORLD BOOK REVIEW

pmwj21-apr2014-Quandt-IMAGE1 BOOKBook Title:  Mastering Software Project Requirements
Author:  Barbara Davis
Publisher:  J. Ross Publishing www.jrosspub.com
List Price:   US$54.95         Format:  hard cover; 272 pages
Publication Date: July 2013           ISBN: 978-1-60427-091-4
Reviewer:      Mary Jane Quandt
Review Date:              February 2014
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Introduction to the Book

Barbara Davis’ framework for eliciting and managing project requirements begins with understanding how to define a software solution (whether or not the business analyst actually is involved in that activity). The high-level definition of the solution early in the project is the starting point from which the business analyst(s) conducts the initial business research and develops the most effective plan to elicit requirements and manage the entire requirements process.

The requirements framework defined in this book predictably involves the appropriate engagement of all the stakeholders (important soft skills required), elicitation of requirements, reviews, and ultimately validation and sign-off before design and development begins. However, creation of clear and quantifiable requirements also involves careful consideration of business rules and standards, scenarios and use cases, gap analysis, requirement risks, and traceability of requirements based on business criticality and priority.

Overview of Book’s Structure

As a step-by-step approach to the complete process of management and development of requirements, the book begins in Section I with an introduction to understanding solution identification and stakeholder management. Section II details the importance of careful planning and management of the requirements process. Section III, titled “All Things Requirements,” is the heart of the defined framework once planning is complete – the detailed steps in elicitation, analysis, specification, and validation of requirements.

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About the Reviewer 

flag-usapmwj21-apr2014-Quandt-IMAGE2 REVIEWERMary Jane Quandt

North Texas, USA

Mary Jane Quandt is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with specialization in IT Infrastructure Service Operations, application implementation, process improvement, and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Best Practices. Her project management experience includes extensive experience in business analysis and requirements processes, as well as in developing training and documentation. Her experience is in the finance, banking, government, logistics, manufacturing, and electrical engineering industries. Email: [email protected]   

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