I was sorting through some of my bookmarks and articles I’ve accumulated over time via the Web, and found that there are a few articles and reference matieral that I seem to refer back to time and again. I’ve provided links below to several articles/presentations I consider to be “classics” in the field of business analysis and requirements engineering that I think any analyst would benefit from reading.
Some are relatively new, and some have been around for quite a while but are still every bit as valid as the day they were published.
I hope you’ll get as much use and enjoyment from these resources as I have.
- Building a Requirements Foundation through Customer Interviews – Esther Derby
- Discovering Requirements by Trade-offs – Ian Alexander
- The Tactic: Always. Never. Everyone.
- The Fuzzy Line Between Requirements and Design – Karl Wiegers
- Structured Analysis Wiki – Ed Yourdon
- 10 Requirements Traps to Avoid – Karl Wiegers
- Writing Good Requirements – Ivy Hooks
- Use Cases: Best Practices – Ellen Gottesdiener
- Why I still use Use Cases – Alistair Cockburn
- Defining Business Rules: What are they Really? – The Business Rules Group
- Business Rules vs. Business Requirements – Gladys Lam
- The Business Rules Manifesto – The Business Rules Group
- Painless Functional Specifications (Part 1 of 4) – Joel Spolsky
- What’s in a Story? – Dan North
- User Stories Quick Reference Guide – Virtual Genius
- Requirements 101: User Stories vs. Use Cases – Stellman & Greene
- Write, Think, Learn – Michael A. Covington
- Customer Rights and Responsibilities – Karl Wiegers
- Top 10 Team Practices – Mike Griffiths
- 8 Steps for Leading Change – J.P. Kotter
- The Agile Business Analyst – Cottmeyer and Henson
- Up-front Requirements – James Shore
- The Pipelining Anti-Pattern – Mike Griffiths
- No Silver Bullet – Fred Brooks
- Lean Primer – Craig Larman and Bas Vodde
- Software Development as a Cooperative Game – Alistair Cockburn
- Agile Analysis – Scott Ambler
- The Agile Manifesto and the Twelve Principles of Agile Software
- Scrum in five minutes – Softhouse
- Straight from the Shoulder – John Zachman
If you have any “classics” that you’d like to share, please comment so I can add to my collection and readers can add to theirs, too.
Keep an eye on this post – I’ll add more “classics” as I come across them.