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Gathering data requirements, easy, right? Part 2

by | Oct 18, 2016

Last time I wrote a short blog on the type of person who should be at the forefront of gathering data requirements and intimated that there is a particular technique that should be used.

I should say from the outset that for a large chunk of my career I gathered requirements of one type or another, and when I first saw this I was completely overwhelmed by its bleeding-obvious-ness and the fact it worked!

So here’s the technique.

  1. Get your business users together.
  2. Ask them what they do… ‘Who does what?’
  3. Ask them for real-world data examples of the ‘who’ and ‘what’
  4. Fill in the rest of the data for ‘when, where, how many, why, how’
  5. Rinse and repeat for each of the who-does-what’s

If you want a bit more detail, the method is fully described in the book ‘Agile Data Warehouse Design’ by Lawrence Corr and Jim Stagnitto. Or come to one of our courses or hear it from Lawrence Corr when he’s in Wellington shortly.

Either way, do it, use it. You won’t regret it.

Geoff

 

Geoff blogs from a flat overlooking the intersection of Agile, Business, and Life

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