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Requirements Management: The Hidden Benefit

Michael Shrivathsan
Michael Shrivathsan has worked in silicon valley for over 20 years, in various roles responsible for requirements management (including leadership roles).

As you know, writing detailed requirements is very valuable – both for traditional (waterfall) projects, and for Agile projects. Please check out my previous post on why detailed requirements are beneficial even for Agile projects.

In this blog post, I’d like to highlight one thing that many people miss when it comes to requirements management.

Wondering what it is? Read on for the answer…

Requirements Are Not Just for Today

Detailed requirements created during a project also serve as a repository for requirements.

Such a repository makes future enhancements and change requests way quicker & faster. i.e. To borrow a line from the diamond industry:

Requirements Are Forever!

Keeping Requirements Updated is a Big Part of Good Requirements Management

In addition  to creating detailed requirements, you should also keep your requirements updated for every change, and use a versioning system to track the changes. Tools such as Accompa make it really easy to do this.

In summary:

Creating detailed requirements will not only help you with the current project, but also make future projects quicker & easier.

Are you wondering “Hey Michael, what about Agile which recommends us to shred the index cards at the completion of each sprint?” Well, that is a topic for another day & another post! 😉

Until then, to your success…

Editor’s Note:

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