Agile requirements analysis

Malcolm Bronte-Stewart

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Imagining systems may help us to explore and investigate situations. Systems thinking creates and encourages questioning. In requirements analysis some of the most useful of these questions are concerned with purpose. If a situation is viewed as a system we may be prompted to ask about its
perceived purpose(s) and parts, which are themselves systems with purposes. User Stories capture requirements in a succinct and straightforward way. The aim of this paper is to explain, and provide a worked example of, an approach to Agile information systems (IS) requirements analysis. Based on
systems thinking principles this approach has been an important part of a number of IS consultancy projects. It depends on System Pictures as vehicles for inquiry, communication and systems analysis. The process of constructing System Pictures involves stakeholders and roles. The participatory nature of this investigation process seems to focus the discussion of IS project objectives, existing problems, desired improvements and the need for change. Requirements that emerge from this analysis can be
recorded as User Stories.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventInternational Information Management Association Conference 2017 - Paisley, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 Sep 201713 Sep 2017


ConferenceInternational Information Management Association Conference 2017
Abbreviated titleIIMA/ICITED UWS Joint Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • System Thinking
  • User Stories
  • System Pictures
  • Requirements analysis
  • IS project
  • Investigating problems and opportunities
  • Roles


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