New York trip and requirements training

So i was in New York this week attending requirements training from EBG Consulting. It was quite different from the ones i’ve been to before. The focus was more on how to elicit (instead of gather) requirements using various models, tools and techniques. Pretty good stuff.

I think we inherently use some of the models without giving it too much thought but its good to put some formal process/methodology around it. All good…

The question i have in my mind is… what happens when i get back to work and start “eliciting” requirements? Will i use these models? Or will I simply continue doing what i was doing before? I would like to think that I will use some of them. For example, I can see myself doing the stakeholder categorization like i usually do. To add to that i will probably list features. The features combined with stakeholder analysis, i can see myself doing some form of event response analysis to quickly capture requirement one liners.

Now lets see… what i would i do to build on that? I can see myself picking some pieces of events and building a data model around some of the information but that seems like a stretch right now. If all i was expected to do is capture the user level interaction requirements – I don’t see the need to do this.

We already have schemas that describe the data. We have databases that have models. So that leaves us with only new content types that need some modeling.  I don’t see me doing much of that. I totally agree that data is key to everything but I think I just talked myself into keeping this at lower priority for now.

So… will having event responses based on interviewing stakeholders be sufficient? I can see me doing some process maps and state diagrams to understand some specifics by doodling on the wall or something… but i don’t see me documenting any of this. More on this later.

About the trip – New York was great. Was sick for the first couple of days so i stayed in the hotel but last night i walked all the way to Time Square, tonight was out walking around. Its always great to be here for a visit. I can’t see myself living here but who knows what the future brings.

Alright that’s it for now. I’m excited to be heading home back to wife and kids tomorrow.

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