Agile Software Requirements

“We need better approaches to understanding and managing software requirements, and Dean provides them in this book. He draws ideas from three very useful intellectual pools: classical management practices, Agile methods, and lean product development. By combining the strengths of these three approaches, he has produced something that works better than any one in isolation.”
–From the Foreword by Don Reinertsen, President of Reinertsen & Associates; author of Managing the Design Factory; and leading expert on rapid product development

Effective requirements discovery and analysis is a critical best practice for serious application development. Until now, however, requirements and Agile methods have rarely coexisted peacefully. For many enterprises considering Agile approaches, the absence of effective and scalable Agile requirements processes has been a showstopper for Agile adoption. In Agile Software Requirements, Dean Leffingwell shows exactly how to create effective requirements in Agile environments.

  • Part I presents the “big picture” of Agile requirements in the enterprise, and describes an overall process model for Agile requirements at the project team, program, and portfolio levels
  • Part II describes a simple and lightweight, yet comprehensive model that Agile project teams can use to manage requirements
  • Part III shows how to develop Agile requirements for complex systems that require the cooperation of multiple teams
  • Part IV guides enterprises in developing Agile requirements for ever-larger “systems of systems,” application suites, and product portfolios

This book will help you leverage the benefits of Agile without sacrificing the value of effective requirements discovery and analysis. You’ll find proven solutions you can apply right now–whether you’re a software developer or tester, executive, project/program manager, architect, or team leader.

Table of Contents
Part I: Overview. The Big Picture
Chapter 1. A Brief History of Software Requirements Methods
Chapter 2. The Big Picture of Agile Requirements
Chapter 3. Agile Requirements for the Team
Chapter 4. Agile Requirements for the Program
Chapter 5. Agile Requirements for the Portfolio

Part II: Agile Requirements for the Team
Chapter 6. User Stories
Chapter 7. Stakeholders, User Personas, and User Experiences
Chapter 8. Agile Estimating and Velocity
Chapter 9. Iterating, Backlog, Throughput, and Kanban
Chapter 10. Acceptance Testing
Chapter 11. Role of the Product Owner
Chapter 12. Requirements Discovery Toolkit

Part III: Agile Requirements for the Program
Chapter 13. Vision, Features, and Roadmap
Chapter 14. Role of the Product Manager
Chapter 15. The Agile Release Train
Chapter 16. Release Planning
Chapter 17. Nonfunctional Requirements
Chapter 18. Requirements Analysis Toolkit
Chapter 19. Use Cases

Part IV: Agile Requirements for the Portfolio
Chapter 20. Agile Architecture
Chapter 21. Rearchitecting with Flow
Chapter 22. Moving to Agile Portfolio Management
Chapter 23. Investment Themes, Epics, and Portfolio Planning
Chapter 24. Conclusion

Appendix A. Context-Free Interview
Appendix B. Vision Document Template
Appendix C. Release Planning Readiness Checklist
Appendix D. Agile Requirements Enterprise Backlog Meta-model

Book Details

  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional (December 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321635841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321635846
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