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Burlington, MA (December 12th, 2006) - DAMICON, an information technology services company, announces its agile business requirements services. The most costly mistakes in many projects are made at the outset by not getting the business requirements right. DAMICON solves this problem by applying agile development techniques combined with the unified process.
Most companies make two mistakes when defining business requirements. Vin D'Amico, President of DAMICON, offers this assessment, "Firstly, project teams want to assume that requirements will not change during the course of the project. This rarely proves valid. Secondly, they fail to prioritize requirements assuming they are all essential. This approach leaves it up to the developers to work on what they want not what the business needs."
Getting business requirements right means talking through the issues in an organized and rigorous way with the right people in the room. The best approach for doing this is a "Joint Requirements Planning" (JRP) meeting. This is not your usual one-hour business meeting. JRP meetings require one or more sessions where each session is a half day or a whole day.
Most projects require one to three sessions though very large projects should be broken up into multiple JRP meetings covering different aspects of the product. This can prove difficult for team members with multiple reponsibilities but it has proven to be the best way of fully defining business requirements and reducing project risk.
Vin adds "One of the biggest challenges is simply getting a group of business people to focus on the project requirements and leave their other duties behind. Once they realize that this focused effort up front will make their lives easier later, they give it their best."
DAMICON offers an agile "Business Requirements Program" that helps companies get the business requirments right by planning and executing JRP meetings. The results are documented using spreadsheets, drawings and supporting documents. The focus is on keeping the results clean, organized and flexible.
DAMICON helps companies respond and adapt to changing business conditions. Agile Business Continuity Plans and Security Policies enable DAMICON clients to avoid common problems and rapidly respond to the unexpected. Agile Requirements Specifications, White Papers and Case Studies enable DAMICON clients to seize new business opportunities. DAMICON services firms worldwide.
Vin D'Amico is President and Chief Agility Officer of DAMICON. He writes the Virtual Business column in the IndUS Business Journal.
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