Yes, sometimes we BA’s need to think of creative ways to help us withhold the technology and implementation detail from our requirements.
During some time off a while back, I went to Project Gutenberg and downloaded The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. I still haven’t read them all, but I was surprised to see the great detective speak out so strongly in favor of requirements in A Scandal in Bohemia.
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.