From System Pictures to User Stories: Practical Guidance in an Approach to IS Requirements Analysis

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to explain, and provide a worked example of, an approach to 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. 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 in Statement of Needs Tables and it is reasonably straightforward to derive User Stories from these tables. The paper is in two parts. The first part describes the approach. The second part applies the approach to a case study.
Original languageEnglish
JournalComputing and Information Systems Journal
Volume18
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • system pictures
  • user stories
  • systems thinking
  • requirements analysis
  • inquiry
  • ICT project
  • problems and opportunities
  • statement of needs
  • information systems
  • roles

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