In this episode, author, consultant, and thought leader Jerry Weinberg shares his thoughts on the challenges with software requirements and why we need to take requirements seriously.

After listening to this episode, you'll understand:

  • Common problems with requirements elicitation
  • How to avoid too much upfront detail in requirements
  • The impact of not taking requirements seriously

Show Notes

We need to start taking requirements seriously.  The impact of missed requirements can cost organizations millions and damage reputations.

The problem is actually a people problem.  Communication, collaboration, and the ability to properly use techniques such as observation will help address some issues.

Don’t get more detailed than you need to for the situation.  Doing so artificially constrains creativity to develop a solution.


Listen to the full episode to hear Jerry’s views on the challenges associated with software requirements and what to do about it.



Your Homework

Start talking requirements seriously.  Explore options and impacts to understand your requirements.  Finally, iterate on your requirements.  You can’t know everything upfront.


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Jerry Weinberg

Jerry Weinberg

Author, Teacher, Consultant

For more than half a century, Jerry Weinberg has worked on transforming software organizations, particularly emphasizing the interaction of technical and human issues. After spending between 1956 and 1969 as software developer, researcher, teacher, and designer of software curricula at IBM, formed the consulting firm of Weinberg & Weinberg to help software engineering organizations manage the change process in a more fully human way.

Jerry has published more than 40 books and more than 400 articles including books on quality software management, systems thinking, and requirements.


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