Software Development Pitfalls: Requirements

Jacques Murphy writes,

Every culture has its blind spots and weak points that can trip it up despite its strengths and clear-sightedness. So, too, every industry struggles with common shortcomings that seem to grow out of misperceptions and failings learned at many companies and steadily spread across the industry.

For a Product Manager, who is usually deeply involved in all the major workings of a company, from sales and marketing to product development and the business model, it can be a sobering experience to try to overcome widespread weaknesses with few positive examples for guidance. Like personal failings, a company's flaws, especially when typical of the whole industry, can prove fiercely resistant to improvement.

Read Software Development Pitfalls: Requirements for a discussion of how to better understand software requirements--and how to misunderstand them a little less.

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson was a founding instructor at Pragmatic Institute, a role he held for more than 15 years before he left to start Under10 Playbook. In his return to Pragmatic Institute, Steve supports the complete learning path for product teams, ensuring they are fully armed for success. 

Over the course of his career, Steve has helped thousands of companies and tens of thousands of product professionals implement product management processes. He has worked in the high-tech arena since 1981, rising through the ranks from product manager to chief marketing officer. Steve has experience in technical, sales and marketing management positions at companies that specialize in both hardware and software. In addition, he is an author, speaker and advisor on product strategy and product management.

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