Requirements

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STAREAST 2018 Behavior-Driven Development: Real-World Mind Reading
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Imagine this scenario: Business users are excited to finally get their hands on an implementation delivery that is on schedule, (mostly) on budget, and passed rigorous testing with flying colors. Unfortunately, when working with the new app or feature, the users realize that the way they described their needs didn’t translate into what they actually needed. Sound familiar? While she may not be able to offer telekinetic mind-reading tools, Kim Tatum is convinced that leveraging a behavior-driven development (BDD) approach helps bridge the gap between domain experts and technical teams. Join Kim to discuss how natural, human-readable language ultimately creates shared accountability and reduces misunderstandings. Review how this framework is implemented on a variety of delivery projects and walk through an implementation approach and leading practices.

Kim Tatum
BSE Testing Rightsizing User Stories
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User stories and their big brothers, epics, are an excellent way to describe requirements for a software system. They act as stakes in the ground to keep track of what the system needs to do, the type of user most interested in each feature, and the reason the requirement...

Dave Todaro
STARWEST Testing Get Involved Early: A Tester’s Experience with Requirements
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Although requirements provide valuable information that informs and shapes testing, sometimes the information provided is incomplete or unclear. Join Julie Lebo as she shares her experience with requirements engineering and how she has integrated her testing group into the requirement...

Julie Lebo
Agile DevOps Storytelling Techniques for Better Requirements
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Do you struggle with making your ideas clear and understandable to others? Does it annoy you to sit in requirements sessions for hours only to leave with more questions than answers? As human beings, we’re made for storytelling. It is a natural form of communication. So, Jeff Howey...

Jeff Howey
Agile DevOps RAMP: Requirements Authors Mentoring Program
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Industry data indicates that untrained and inexperienced requirements authors commonly inject thirty to fifty major defects per page of text. With many requirements specifications reaching several hundred pages, potentially thousands of defects are injected into the software development...

John Terzakis
Agile DevOps Improv(e) Your Requirements
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Improvisational comedy—sometimes called improv—is a form of theater in which the performance is created spontaneously, in the moment. Successful improvisers learn and use a variety of skills and techniques which allow them to better extract ideas, expand on them, and make them meaningful...

Damian Synadinos
STARCanada Logo When User Stories Are Not Enough
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IT organizations adopting agile development often struggle when applying agile to anything other than small, mid-sized, or non-critical applications. Because IT organizations must deal with the myriad business rules, non-functional requirements, industry regulations, and associated audits...

Tony Higgins
The Role of Testers as Requirements Dealers
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Those of us in the business analyst role are encouraged to communicate with clients, while other roles in an organization may not have the same opportunity. However, talking to clients must not be limited to business analysts. Jyothi Rangaiah believes that testers need to talk to the...

Jyothi Rangaiah
Collocated West Logo From Unclear and Unrealistic Requirements to Achievable User Stories
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"What do you want the system to do?" can be a loaded question for agile teams. Ideally, the product owner gives you a product backlog with fully groomed user stories prioritized by business value, ready for team discussion and estimation. Instead, you may have the “big picture” product...

Jamie Lynn Cooke
Collocated West Logo Great Business Analysts “Think Like a Freak”
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In today's competitive market, employers increasingly depend on business analysts to act as change agents. This puts BAs in the powerful position of influencers—providing the analysis and evidence needed to support an organization’s strategic direction and decision-making. In their book...

Faye Thompson

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