We often hear from Executives that the “Agile Methodology is a software development model for managing changing requirements” or perhaps just “changing requirements”.
However if we go a little deeper and ask about their understanding of changing requirements or how to manage changing requirements, then we would not expect to get such a concise answer. In our view, this should not be the case, so in the interests of providing a concise answer for executives here is our answer to these more complex questions in simple business terms.
What is Requirements Change Management About
Requirements Change Management is about to being ready for change and embracing it when it comes. Nice sound bite, but what does it actually mean?
Applying the “just in time” (JIT) philosophy of logistics to software development, accelerating product delivery by prioritizing both demand in planning and ultimately the product requirements under development.
It requires the development team to work closely with the stakeholders and the end users, or the local department managers. Based on their experience at the point-of-use (POU) these personnel or direct representatives at the department managerial level must name their demands of the product. Demands must be managed, prioritized and transformed into requirements based on consensus.
At this point, we have established the Software Development Project Scope by determining the project requirements. We should accept that the established requirements will change over time and that as a result further planning has limited value. It is how these changes to requirements are managed later that will determine the extent of success or failure of the software development project under development.
It is important to limit risk and expense that development is carried out in small increments. In addition, to introduce the various terms used to describe essential processes, practices and concepts designed to limit the risk of software development and maximize Investor ROI.
Key Terms to be familiar with (Consequently Key functionality of codeBeamer ALM):
- Test Driven Development (TDD)
- Continuous Integration (CI)
- Continuous Delivery (CD)
- Scrum / Scrumban / Kanban Methodologies (Implementations of Agile)
- Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®)
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