Gaining Momentum for Requirements Improvement
Requirements excellence cannot be achieved without first understanding the critical capabilities of requirements maturity, and recognizing your organizations strengths and weaknesses. In order to develop a focused plan of attack, it is necessary to assess your requirements practice in each of six areas: process, technology, staff competency, organization, techniques, and deliverables. You will then be armed with the information you need to identify key improvement opportunities, recognize organizational strengths, and form concrete goals for action. This paper discusses the importance of creating a roadmap for long term requirements success. It presents a summary of the capability areas of the Requirements Maturity Model and provides a requirements maturity self assessment tool. Finally, it will walk you through each of the levels of maturity and detail the steps you need to take to improve requirements maturity and work your way to higher levels. Achieving long term requirements excellence is a goal shared by all organizations, but realized by very few. A recent industry benchmark study1 found that over 74 per cent of all companies have immature requirements practices. Typically, these companies use an ad-hoc approach for requirements definition and management and, not surprisingly, struggle to achieve consistent results. Becoming a high organization means taking control of the requirements practice and creating a focused plan of action.