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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Beginners Guide And Practitioners Reference, 21 Aug 2005
This review is from: Software Requirements (Pro-Best Practices) (Paperback)
If you are interested in learning more about pure requirements analysis then this is a great point of reference. Wiegers assumes no previous knowledge so the user is lead through chapters providing overviews of key analysis skills, the role of the requirements analyst and key analysis techniques.
In software apporach terms this book will take you up to the formation of a 'Vision and Scope' document and Requirements Specification. It does not focus as much on Systems Analysis (which is a positive as there are many other books on that subject). Instead it focuses on the early stages of software development and walks the reader through a case study based on a new cafeteria system.
I find this book useful as a quick and easy reference for training and mentoring new analysts. There is very little technical jargon and the key messages are clear and well presented. For experienced analysts it is still of use as a reference text but many chapters will simply be skimmed through.
The only criticisms I have is that it doesn't cover the role of the requirements analyst in more contemporary agile software approaches. However, Wiegers has collated together a strong collection of knowledge and advice and it is a worthwhile addition to anyones analysis book collection.
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