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Telling Stories: A Short Path to Writing Better Software Requirements

Telling Stories: A Short Path to Writing Better Software Requirements
Author: Ben Rinzler
ISBN 13: 9780470437001
ISBN 10: 470437006
Edition: 1
Publisher: Wiley
Publication Date: 2009-03-09
Format: Paperback
Pages: 160
List Price: $40.00

From systems designers to top management, everyone loves a good story

Once upon a time, it was well understood that stories teach better than plain facts. Why then are most software requirements documents a baffling hodge-podge of diagrams, data dictionaries, and bullet points, held together by little more than a name and a staple? Telling Stories teaches you to combine proven standards of requirements analysis with the most ancient and effective tool for sharing information: the narrative. Telling Stories simplifies and refines the classic methods of Structured Analysis, providing organization, design, and old-fashioned writing advice. Whether you're just getting started or an experienced requirements writer, Telling Stories can help you turn dull, detailed material into an engaging, logical, and readable story, a story that can make the difference for your project and your career.

  • Learn why readers believe and remember what they learn from stories
  • Work with team members to gather content, tell their stories, and win their support
  • Use stories to find every requirement
  • Create diagrams that almost tell the story on their own (while looking clear and professional)
  • Explain everything important about a process
  • Use precise language to remove the ambiguity from requirements
  • Write a forceful executive summary that stands on its own and sells a project to senior management
  • Summarize often to keep the reader focused on key issues
  • Structure the document so every part has a clear place and purpose