Requirements are not problem/opportunity descriptions
May 14, 2016
A few weeks back a team mate, developer and agile dude extraordinare, said something profound:
I’m used to people coming to me with problems they need solved. Not solutions.
It was in a backlog grooming meeting and we were discussing if the item was ready for the development team to start to work on or not. It was. Well and ready. But the people writing the requirements felt that it was not worked through enough.
At the time I just giggled a little about this but it got me thinking and herein lies the heart in how the work with a backlog changes when you start to “do agile” or work in shorter releases.