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Suzanne Robertson

Moderator: Jim Smith - LM Fellow

Suzanne Robertson is a principal and founder of the Atlantic Systems Guild. Suzanne is co-author of Requirements-Led Project Management (Addison Wesley 2005) a book that provides project managers with guidance on how to use the work done by requirements analysts as input to steering projects. The book defines the relationships between effective requirements practices and project success. This management book connects to Mastering the Requirements Process (Addison-Wesley Edition 2, 2006) a guide for practitioners on finding requirements and writing them so that all stakeholders can understand them. Current work includes research and consulting on the management, sociological and technological aspects of requirements. The product of this research is Volere, a requirements process, template and techniques for assessing requirements quality, and for specifying requirements. Suzanne works with organisations to apply innovative techniques and fresh thinking in all of their systems development activities. The principals of the Atlantic Systems Guild: Tom de Marco, Peter Hruschka, Tim Lister, Steve McMenamin, James Robertson, Suzanne Robertson published Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies: Project Behaviour Patterns in 2008. The book recognises and defines patterns of project behaviour and is the Jolt Award winner, Best General Computing Book of 2008-2009. Suzanne is author of many papers on systems engineering (many of these papers are on the web site She also speaks at numerous conferences and universities. She is a member of IEEE, IIBA and BCS and on the board of the British Computer Society’s Requirements Groups. She was the founding editor of the Requirements Column in IEEE Software. Other interests include a passion for the opera, cooking, skiing and finding out about curious things.



Your Requirements for Managing Requirements

We agree that we want to manage our requirements, but what does this mean? How will we know if we are managing them? What are the advantages we want? And what can we do to realise them? These questions are the focus of this webinar with Suzanne Robertson, joint originator of the Volere requirements techniques and a founder of The Atlantic Systems Guild. Ability to make changes, accurate estimates, task allocation, communication between business and technical people, risk monitoring, reuse of requirements, these are a few of the reasons for spending effort on managing requirements. This webinar shows how a well-defined requirements knowledge structure is at the heart of achieving these advantages. Suzanne will outline a structure, think of it as a filing system, for making traceable connections between all levels of your requirements. You can identify the dependencies between high-level business or domain requirements and measurable atomic requirements and all the levels in between. Systems analysis models/deliverables, design models/components, data definitions, code and testing are all types of requirements knowledge that you can include in your requirements management plan. The resulting requirements knowledge model is a framework that you can use to manage your requirements knowledge regardless of modelling notation, methodology, degree of agility, or tool usage.



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