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Prioritizing Requirements – Rating Techniques Rating is only one part of prioritizing requirements but you need to select an appropriate technique. Voting can be done through a pre-session survey or in-session. Key success factors include: 1) 2) 3) 4)

Setup – the right needs and requirements to be prioritized are chosen (purpose based) Involvement – the right stakeholders are involved in prioritization Facilitation – a skilled facilitator is used Tools – the right methods and tools for voting are used

Below are the four main rating techniques for prioritizing requirements:

1 | Survey Factors must be well defined – no ambiguity Must be simple, easy to understand, and complete Must be able to enforce completion deadline Collection and statistical analysis completed Allows for the ability to weight the respondents – ex. weight may vary based on position, responsibility, role (customer), etc

2 | Facilitated Blind Voting (in session voting) Participants vote on one topic (or a group) by completing a card or a ballot Cards of ballots are collected, grouped, and tabulated If consensus is unsatisfactory, must discuss and re-vote

3 | Group Voting (“show of hands”) A simple show of hands in the session Visibly collected (flip chart) Results calculated in real-time Facilitated discussion re-voting an optional variation

4 | Blind Voting Using an Electronic Tool Requires appropriate technology Specially-equipped rooms with terminal, voting keypads, or PC’s for each stakeholder Specialized software

Rating Techniques for Prioritizing Requirements  
Rating Techniques for Prioritizing Requirements  

Rating is only one part of prioritizing requirements, but you need to select an appropriate technique

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