CHAPTER 2

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Introduction to Requirements

Whatever pursuit you undertake, the requirements should start with a love of what it is that you are pursuing.

—Bill Toomey

When tasked to design a database system, you have to be mindful that users often aren’t technologists. Sometimes, you may even have to understand that people with organizational power or check signing rights may not have the proper amount of intelligence doled out to them. So when you start to gather requirements, relying on the client’s management professionals to know what they want and how to implement it is almost always complete insanity. On the flip side, keep in mind ...

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