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


requirements-managementBook Title:  Requirements Management:  How to Ensure You Achieve What You Need from Your Project

Author:  Mario Kossmann

Publisher:  Gower

Format:  Hard cover; 183 pages

Publication Date:   2013     List Price: £60.00

ISBN: 978-1-4094-5137-2

Reviewer:  Nazanin Mehrooz, PMP

Review Date:            July 2013

Introduction to the Book

This book covers how requirements management can be utilized to achieve what you need from your projects.  Projects come in various sizes, complexity and formality.  Each of these aspects can impact your approach to requirements management.  The focus of this book is to help manage these aspects effectively by utilizing requirements management and requirements change management principles, tools and analysis to drive stakeholder’s needs into the products or services which are usable and satisfy intended outcomes.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is divided into two parts.  Part I provides an introduction to requirements management and introduces terminology and definitions to provide the basis for building knowledge blocks.  Part II covers how to put requirements management into practice.  There are 8 chapters:

  1. Introduction
  2. RM from a Systems Engineering Perspective
  3. RM from a Project and Program Management Perspective
  4. Human Factors – The Key to Success
  5. The RM Process
  6. Techniques and Tolls Supporting the RM Process
  7. The Use of RM at Three Levels of System Complexity
  8. Conclusion

Appendix A:  Human Aspects – Dos and Don’ts

Appendix B:  Process Checklist – Requirements Development (RD)

Appendix C: Process Checklist – Requirements Change Management (RCM)

Appendix D: Tools Supporting Requirements Management (RD + RCM)

Appendix E: Requirements Quality Checklist (Individual Requirements)

Appendix F:  Requirements document quality checklist (Set of Requirements)

Appendix G: Mapping of RM Workflows to Supporting Techniques and Tools

Highlights: What’s New in this Book

The book focuses on Systems Engineers and Project Manager’s needs.

It highlights ways the reader can get maximum RM insights given the amount of time available (detailed, limited time or no time but urgently needs RM benefits).

The checklists are a nice consolidation of reference materials to keep handy for each project


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About the Reviewer

flag-usaNazanin-MehroozNazanin Mehrooz, PMP

Email: [email protected]

Nazanin Mehrooz studied software engineering and have worked in many industries (including defense, telecom).  Most recently, her focus area has been on IT operations, project and program management.  She is an active volunteer for the Dallas and Ft Worth, Texas PMI chapters in the USA.

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