The "Requirements Workbench" Concept

The idea of a “requirements workbench” is one that the guys over at Requirements.net have been consistently socializing over the past few months, and one that I have been following with interest.

Requirements.net has recently posted a Business Analyst Workbench Whitepaper and a Workbench Buyer’s Guide. To give the general gist of the workbench without stealing Req.net’s thunder, the workbench concept includes requirements management capabilities, but then goes beyond that to support the analyst through elicitation, elaboration and communication and validation activities.

How hard could it be to design the stop sign?

I recently stumbled upon this video, got a kick out of it and thoughts I’d share. It is basically a video parody for the process of designing the stop sign if the project were kicked off in 2008. There have definitely been times in my career as a BA where I’ve felt like the poor chap trying to design to the customers’ specs.

Oh.. and for geeks like me who saw this and then wondered when we really did get the stop sign, here’s an interesting link.

Requirements Management Tool Resources

My company has been looking at requirements management solutions, which has provided me with the unique opportunity to play the “user” role for a change, and to do a little research into the attributes that make requirements management successful.

Anyway, what I’d like to do with this post is to share a few items I’ve found on the Web as well as some of my own thoughts on what might be of use to others who might be looking for a requirements management solution.