Requirements Management: How to Ensure You Achieve What You Need from Your Projects


pmwj30-Jan2015-Dodd-BOOK COVERBook Title: Requirements Management: How to Ensure You Achieve What You Need from Your Projects
Author:           Mario Kossman
Publisher: Gower Publishing Limited
List Price:   $124.95
Format: Hard Cover; 155 Pages
Publication Date:   May 2013
ISBN: 9780814408759
Reviewer:      Douglas Dodd, Jr, MBA, PMP
Review Date:            November 2014

Introduction to the Book

This publication attempts to address the issue of the Requirements Management module of project management. In approaching the topic from a Systems Engineering perspective, it leaves plenty of room to review the broad spectrum of RM issues and potential solutions, while applying the material to hypothetical “Simple”, “Complex” and “Highly Complex” example projects (types 1, 2 and 3, respectively).

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book’s straight-forward structure helps with its readability and, just as important, “usability” for later reference when working with RM in the real world. The book starts out with a very nice glossary which serves two purposes: First, it gets you up to speed on many of the terms associated with RM while also prepping you for the upcoming analysis and discussion of the topic. The book has two parts:

Part 1:

  1. Introduction
  2. RM from a Systems Engineering Perspective
  3. RM from a Project and Program Management Perspective

This first section does a good job of introducing the subject and answering the question of “Why You Should Read This Book”. After a brief review of the negative aspects from the lack of proper RM, e.g. wasted time, cost overruns, unsatisfied customers and project failure, any professional even loosely associated with projects becomes interested in delving further into the material.

Hitting the issues from an SE (Systems Engineering) perspective lets a Business, Technical or Process Improvement professional see RM in its most detailed application, easing the transition to less complex (although no less import!) projects.


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About the Reviewer

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Douglas Dodd, Jr, MBA, PMP, OCA, Oracle 11g DBA, Network+, Sercurity+, is a member of the PMI Dallas Chapter and has been involved in project management at multiple levels over the last decade, as a stakeholder, team-member or project manager. He has 20+ years of experience as a Business Analyst, Finance Manager, Financial Information Systems Manager and Business Software Solutions Analyst and currently works in Higher Education at Collin College in McKinney, TX. He is also on the Adjunct staff of Dallas Baptist University in Dallas TX. He currently resides in Wylie, TX with his wife Ava and son Brandon. Douglas can be contacted at [email protected] 

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