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Mastering the Requirements Process, Second Edition by James Robertson, Suzanne Robertson

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5. Trawling for Requirements

in which we drag the net through the work area looking for requirements, and discuss some useful techniques for doing so

The term trawling comes from our partner Steve McMenamin (a source of many useful and descriptive images). We use it because it evokes the nature of what we are doing here: fishing. Not idly dangling a line while hoping a fish might come by, but rather methodically running a net through the work to catch every possible requirement. With a little experience and good techniques, the skipper of a trawler knows where to fish so that he gets the fish he wants, and not the ones that he doesn’t.

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