Last fall, I wrote an article on how words play a big role in defining IT systems. Ambiguous sentences, slang and abbreviations, excessive storytelling, and the language barrier often cause comprehension difficulties. Texts need to be revised and edited a lot to make them clear and understandable to different stakeholders.
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Traditionally, testing has been the last step in the development of the system before completion. In principle, therefore, it could not have been very agile because comprehensive testing requires a functional version of the entire system.
Defining requirements is basically a simple task. Listen to what the customer wants and write the requirements in a suitable format so that the developers can implement them. However, the task involves many challenges and potential pitfalls.
In this article, I gather my thoughts on defining requirements in hybrid projects that apply traditional project management combined with agile development methods. Today, such a model is a very common way of implementing software in, for example, large Finnish companies.