Monthly Archives: November 2009

Attainable Requirements

Unless you live in a world filled with unicorns and rainbows, writing realistic requirements is critical.  When you set unattainable goals, the best result you can hope for is a frustrated engineering team.  Write requirements that are attainable, and your team will surprise you with what they can achieve.

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Can You Write Website Requirements Without a Product Manager?

A couple weeks ago, our article on writing design-free requirements triggered some great discussion around requirements and design (also known as “reqs and specs”).  What happens when you’re dealing with a website?  There are many stakeholders, who are clear about their own goals.  Who then turns them into requirements?

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SEO Product Management

SEO, Search Engine Optimization, is an area that every online website needs to think about.  The idea is that the more traffic you can get to your website, the more products you’ll sell.  Just because you can lead a horse to water doesn’t mean you can make him drink.  What a great opportunity to product manage your website and ask why about SEO.

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Design-Free Requirements

Design-Free requirements are important for two reasons, and hard for two other reasons.

Design-free requirements are hard because you “know what you want” when you should be documenting “why you want it.”  Writing design-free requirements can be hard when you don’t trust your development team to “do the right thing” even though it is not your job to design the solution.

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