The “compass rose” model for requirements gathering

By Gordon Rugg

If you’re trying to find out the requirements for something, whether it’s a dishwasher or an education system, then a key question is how to make sure you’ve identified all the key issues.

One way is the method described in this article. It involves checking for some key points that establish the boundaries for the requirements, as follows

  • Best outcomes
  • Worst outcomes
  • The most common cases
  • The beginning
  • The end
  • Your official remit
  • Your unofficial big picture remit

The image below shows these concepts schematically.

requirements boundaries full

This article unpacks these concepts and identifies suitable methods for handling them.

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