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Visual Models for Software Requirements, now available from O'Reilly Media
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Posted by: Lori Witzel on Wednesday, August 15, 2012


Microsoft Press (Seattle, WA) is shipping Visual Models for Software Requirements, co-authored by Seilevel principals Anthony Chen and Joy Beatty. The book, distributed by O’Reilly Media (Sebastopol, CA) and written for business analysts, IT executives, and IT product managers, introduces a visual approach to software requirements.

RML visual models, rather than “system shall” statements, can help drastically cut features from scope, enabling projects to be successful while still delivering the needed business value. This also can reduce project risk. If business analysts give developers a list of thousands of “system shall” requirements statements, the project is doomed to fail even before code is written because: .


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  • It’s impossible for business analysts to ensure requirements are complete and correct.
  • Scope cannot be managed because the objectives behind the requirements aren’t articulated.
  • Developers and testers simply won’t read thousands- of requirement statements.

The reader will learn how to apply best practices for capturing, analyzing, and implementing software requirements through visual models to deliver better results for their business. The authors—experts in eliciting and visualizing requirements—walk readers through a simple but comprehensive language of visual models that has been used on hundreds of real-world, large-scale projects.

Kevin Brennan, Chief Business Analyst and Executive Vice President of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) writes, “
Visual Models for Software Requirements gives IT business analysts a tool they've desperately needed—a set of tested and proven modeling techniques with clear examples and guidelines on when to use them. If you've been struggling to help your stakeholders clearly articulate their requirements, or your development teams don't understand what the business needs, you need to read and apply these ideas.”

For instructor review copies or to request interviews with the authors, please contact Lori Witzel, Director of Marketing, Seilevel at
[email protected]




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