Why Use Business Story Manager?
Increases the Chance of Delivery Success
For as long as anyone can remember, the success rate of IT development projects has been poor. There is a slow but steady improvement, but the experience of most stakeholders is still that systems 'miss the mark' by some margin.
Our use of business language throughout requirements, development and testing assures consistency as well as correctness. The requirements knowledge base will be consistent with the delivered system and will significantly increase your chances of delivery success of the initial implementation and subsequent enhancements.
Reduces the Cost of Re-Work
Capturing, understanding and stabilising the user requirements and delivering against them is very difficult. Most development projects encounter a mass of rework that cripples development and accounts for perhaps 50% of the cost of systems.
Our use of stories and scenarios to example requirements provides unambiguous models for development. They increase confidence in the validity of requirements by covering them in a systematic way. Omission, inconsistency and ambiguity is much reduced and the amount of costly re-work is greatly reduced too.
Increases Confidence in Timelines
Business cases for new systems usually understate the challenge of delivery and delivering on time. Progress in IT projects is often measured using IT-focused metrics that have little meaning to stakeholders. Business projects use business language to define business goals and manage progress and so should IT.
The same stories and scenarios used to example requirements can also be used to mark progress, to aid the production of training materials, to identify support requirements and to improve business acceptance. With all disciplines working from a single, accurate source of knowledge, your timelines will be far more predictable.