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The Agile enterprise needs Agile requirements models

In the exhibit hall at Agile 2013, James Denman interviewed Doug Stewart, the director of professional services at Blueprint. Blueprint, Stewart explained, is a requirements definition-management platform that works alongside existing ALM tools and focuses specifically on the gathering and modeling of requirements.

Stewart explained that many of the problems that development organizations run into as they scale up to the enterprise level stem from a lack of a solid plan for handling requirements. These problems can bubble up into product management and enterprise architecture as well, he said.

"Having all your requirements ahead of time is not a formula for success," said Stewart. While high-level concepts like the business cases are usually prepared ahead of time, Stewart said the actual technical requirements are developed as part of managing the user stories in the sprint execution phase.

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