About Requirements and Design

Let us be clear from the start what requirements mean. Are they the description of the system to be? At first glance yes, even though that is only half of the truth: they are the description of what the system should be doing, and what is the fashion it should behave or look like. But they are not the description of how that behavior is accomplished. If you are looking at the implementation of a required (in other words requested, desired) behavior, you are looking at design. Because that’s what requirements are all about: the what. Requirements specify WHAT a system (entity) should be...

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Trying Out the Role of Project Leader

Everybody knows I’m a Systems Engineer. Everybody knows I like it, and it fits me. At least, that’s what I like to think. What seems not everybody know is that I don’t want to change. In any case, not yet. A new responsibility has been pushed in front of me: taking care of a new project’s technical leading. I see this as an opportunity: of course I accepted. As I see it, this is a great way to get more exposure to things that would be difficult to experience otherwise. In part, there are aspects encountered by a System Engineer in his daily life (as working with a lot...

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Seth Godin-Challenging to fail

Narrator: Behind the Brand takes an inside look at the people that are making things happen. From up and coming entrepreneurs to the big guys, we show you how they go about their business. Meet the innovators with the know-how and vision to succeed. Get behind the brand. Bryan Elliott: Hi, I’m Bryan Elliott, here with special guest, Seth Godin. Seth Godin: Hi, Bryan. Bryan Elliott: Thanks for coming again. Good to see you. Seth Godin: It’s my pleasure. Bryan Elliott: So, we’re back in sunny Orange Country, and really great to have you. I wanted to know, after you’ve...

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Lessons Learned: Traceability on the Run, the Plan First

Always plan what you wanna do first, running to keep up isn’t fun…. Last month I had a not so pleasant experience regarding a (misdone) traceability, in the sense not done in time! I always preach that, when you are deriving requirements for whatever next level, the link to the higher level your requirement satisfies should be done right on the spot, immediately! That applies for requirements, standards, legislation, or whatever source a requirement might have. That way the effort for generating traceability becomes negligible. It’s not a separate dedicated activity any...

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How to: Handling Open Items Files

We are living in an ocean of information. Always on the edge, laying out new stuff, still having to consider everything for the end result to be in the realm of real, useful and reliable. But how do you cope with that afflux of information, how do you grasp all it’s its intricacies and interconnection. How do you fund out what’s conflicting or missing? Can you hold everything inside your head? I cannot! And that’s why I need a tool to help. Something that can help organizing and managing  every finding of the entire team, and self. Why I found to be very helpful and...

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