by Marco Behler
Feel like strangling your boss or customer for their vague and
ever-changing software requirements? You might have that nagging feeling
that you don’t exactly grasp what your customer really wants. You might
be rushing out your code in headless chicken mode because you
underestimated the workload. Or perhaps after everything has been
delivered, your rate or your company’s doesn’t even match most
elance.com projects, because your estimation and billing were so far
Learn how proper work on requirements - not just your technical skills -
can rescue your next software project.
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Rich in detail and examples, this book is designed to let you learn and
implement. Every chapter comes with real-life practice exercises, based
on the fictitious new payment start-up Zee Bänk, and plenty of Notepad,
Jira, and IntelliJ screenshots. You’ll take away from this book:
- How you get from vague requirements (“we need XYZ now!") to what
exactly you need to implement: your task and all its edge cases.
- What and how to talk about and analyze requirements with your
customer, boss, and colleagues.
- Warning triggers when talking with clients or bosses that you are
being bullied, how to respond, and how to push back on constant
- Strategies for properly estimating software tasks, including
building a time-tracking database for solid estimations. Then, how
to properly bill based on those estimations and avoid being
underpaid (as a freelancer) or killing your department (as a company
- How properly clarified requirements are your foundation for tests;
how to write those tests and how they lead to rock-solid code. Plus,
suggestions for recording and maintaining requirements (in wikis or
- Strategies to find out what exactly your users want, even if they
might not exactly know it themselves.
- What happens if you ignore all that advice and become a headless
What You Need
The book assumes you are running any operating system (Mac OS X, Linux,
Windows). The book is 99% language and editor agnostic. You can use
Notepad and any programming language you like. Requirements and code
examples are shown with Notepad, Cucumber-JVM, and Intellij IDEA.
- P1.2 2016/02/12
- P1.1 2015/09/10
- P1.0 2015/09/08
Marco Behler mainly programs on the JVM in his day-to-day work. He’s
the founder of software consulting agency Marco Behler GmbH in Munich,
Germany. He writes at marcobehler.com