Requirements are key

I see project after project take longer than it should and have a considerably more complex design phase than is necessary.  This is often, but not always, down to a combination of poorly defined and / or changing requirements.

Things change, but this should be in a controlled manner.  For anyone working in the architecture, solutions, or indeed development space do yourselves a favour and try not to start detailed design and development work until the requirements are clearly defined, understood, signed off and change controlled.

This will make your life a lot easier and actually lead to solutions that better meet the needs of your business as the requirement(s) will be well thought out and clearly defined.

Challenge the requirements! Along with ensuring requirements are clearly defined, challenge them, are they genuine requirements, do they clearly meet business / regulatory etc. needs, are they requirements or ‘nice to haves’.

All designs should be requirements led; Solid requirements enable the right solutions.

K

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Author: Kevin Fielder

Innovative and dynamic security professional, with a passion for driving change by successfully engaging with all levels of the business. I am a determined individual with proven ability to provide security insights to the business, in their language. These insights have gained board buy in for delivering security strategy aligned to key business goals. This is achieved by understanding the need to drive change through people, process and technology, rather than focusing exclusively on any one area. I take pride in being a highly articulate, motivational and persuasive team-builder. I have a strategic outlook with the ability to engage with and communicate innovative and effective security solutions to all levels of management. Along with a proven ability to translate security into business language and articulate the business benefits I am also passionate about leading security innovations and making security a key part of the business proposition to its customers. Security should be made a key differentiator to drive sales and customer retention, not just a cost centre! Outside of work I am a proud husband and father to an awesome family, and a passionate CrossFit coach and athlete.

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