Writing Good Requirements

There is a discernable difference between novice and veteran requirement writers.  The process is more art than science, but it still has some best practices that can be of help to anyone.  Here are some points to consider that can help you make your next requirements document the best one you have written. Outline the Requirements In my experience, this is the most natural step.  Start with a high-level overview of needs for the project.  This helps set the stage for …

Chip and Pin – Why Bother?

If you work in retail or use a credit card, you have come across the latest technology: chip and pin.  In the U.S. this is a newer and less prevalent technology than it is in the rest of the world.  However, that does not diminish its importance. The more technical name for this technology is EMV (a shortened version of the card schemas: Europay, MasterCard, and Visa) but you can find usually find both phrases used in discussions about it.  …

IT Assessments Defined

We mention IT assessments as part of the work we do at RB Consulting.  Unfortunately, this is a new concept to some people.  Thus, it may help to look at what one is, and why anyone would want one performed.  A good start is to think about an accounting A good start is to think about an accounting audit or similar assessment process.  A financial audit is done to help you get a picture of your financial state on paper and …