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Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Business Analysis & Requirements

Nonfunctional Requirements: Forgotten, Neglected, and Misunderstood

Implementing nonfunctional requirements is essential to build the right product. Yet teams often struggle with when and how to discover, specify, and test these requirements. Many teams neglect nonfunctional requirements up front, considering them less important or unrelated to user requirements; other teams specify them incompletely or with untestable and non-measurable attributes. Ellen Gottesdiener introduces three types of nonfunctional requirements: interfaces; attributes including performance, usability, security, and robustness; and the environment for the product’s design and implementation. Ellen helps you explore ways to visualize interfaces and value their options, examine techniques to specify quality attributes and their acceptance criteria, and consider environmental requirements. Leave with a better understanding of how these dimensions intertwine with functional requirements, and the challenges of incorporating nonfunctional requirements in your product backlog. Join Ellen in a fast-paced survey of key practices designed to help you discover and define holistic nonfunctional requirements for your agile project.

Ellen Gottesdiener, EBG Consulting

Ellen Gottesdiener, founder and principal with EBG Consulting, is an internationally recognized leader in the collaborative convergence of requirements + product management + project management. Ellen coaches and trains individuals and teams, and facilitates discovery and planning workshops across diverse industries. She writes widely and speaks at conferences worldwide.

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