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How Requirements Can Help Avoid Project Failure and Waste

I’m pleased to say that one of my recent articles has been published on “”, where I have contributed as a guest author. I’d love to hear what you think, so please take a look and add a comment on the site.



Money spiraling down a black hole, symbolising wasteStudies and experience show that higher quality and better value solutions are achieved by projects that attain a thorough and unambiguous understanding of business and user requirements. Teams may choose to express these requirements in different ways and may follow different approaches—whether waterfall or agile—but requirements analysis is a key underlying discipline.


Yet some high profile projects still appear to ignore requirements engineering and the wider practice of business analysis. Take the revelations in Arstechnica, which refers to a case study in West Virginia.


The article cites:


“…an absolutely scathing report […] by the state’s legislative auditor [where] West Virginia officials are accused of overspending at least $5 million of federal money.”


The cause of the controversy was the purchase of routers for use in public buildings…


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