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Manage It! by Johanna Rothman

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Rank the Requirements

We Have Ultrahigh Requirements!
by Patricia, business analyst, par excellence
Patricia

We have a new product manager, Tommy. He’s enthusiastic. He hates to say no to our customers. He promised all of these requirements to the customers in the next release. I couldn’t keep up with him—he was partially describing these requirements and then never had time to discuss them with me.

The last straw came last week. He decided that we wouldn’t have High, Medium, and Low requirements. No, we had Ultrahigh, Critical, High, Medium, and Low requirements.

I explained I was working as fast as I could. I would be happy to work on any of his requirements in any order, as long as they were ordered by number. “Tell me which one is #1. ...

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