Studies have indicated that nearly 39% of projects fail because of the faulty requirements gathering process. When you don’t have strong requirements, it is nearly impossible to complete a project that meets its goals and pleases the stakeholders. To have a successful project delivery using the Agile software development methodology, gathering project requirements is the first crucial step. In this article at TargetTech, Stephen J Bigelow shares some effective ways to improve Agile requirements gathering.
Steps for Better Requirements Gathering Process
Never Isolate Stakeholders from Projects
Projects can fail when developers and stakeholders fail to communicate. Stakeholders must make suggestions and share ideas based on which developers must build and adjust the product accordingly.
Focus on Executable Requirements
Developers in Agile teams can identify cross-requirement dependencies when they work through executable models upfront. Further, they can spot potential problems through high focused approaches.
User Stories Must Contain Relevant Details
User stories, most often, do not include enough information for development decisions. In such scenarios, development teams must supplement user stories with relevant details, such as decision tables and use cases.
Prioritize the List of Requirements
The project manager must work with developers to prioritize the list of requirements. They must divide the list of requirements into high or low priority work items for the available time and budget.
Prototyping is a Must
“Prototyping is a useful practice to test ideas and encourage discussions with stakeholders,” says Stephen. Prototyping helps the developers in Agile teams to refine the software and solidify the designs. The resulting code is often usable for project execution.
INVEST in Your User Stories
An ideal user story must have the following characteristics: independent, negotiable, valuable, estimable, small, and testable. This is called the ‘INVEST’ principle. Project owners and technical leads must help the implementers gain the domain and technical knowledge by writing compelling user stories that follow the ‘INVEST’ principle.
It is never too late to implement these Agile requirement best practices. If you are curious to know more about Agile techniques to improve your requirements documentation, click on https://searchsoftwarequality.techtarget.com/tip/7-techniques-for-better-Agile-requirements-gathering.