"Consciousness raising for systems analysts."
Principal, Atlantic Systems Guild
that this book will not only give you concrete ways to improve our requirements
gathering process, but will also change the way that you look at requirements."
Quality Tree Consulting
"Twelve years after it first appeared, this book is completely
relevant to today's development projects.
". . . most companies would
benefit greatly from improving the way they define requirements. This book will
help you do that, and I recommend it to anyone who has anything to do with software
"Anyone who wants to build a product
should understand this book."
Software Engineering Institute Carnegie Mellon
". . . a superb new book on systems analysis.
. . . you simply must read and absorb this gem. It complements every brand-name
systems analysis methodology currently being practiced."
". . . provides an excellent set of principles amply illustrated by relevant
and thought-provoking examples."
"This extraordinary book grabbed me
from the Preface through to its end. Well written, readable, and paced comfortably.
. . . Highly recommended. . . . sure to change how you develop requirements for
John L. Berg,
Computer Standards & Interfaces
". . . makes a very important, serious subject fun and easy to read."
PC News & Reviews
Freedman and Weinberg book is full of tricks for eliciting from users what they
cannot express without your help and for testing to see if your understanding
of user needs is correct.
"It is impossible to overemphasize the value
of this. Errors that you make in eliciting user requirements can be very expensive
to fix. Any software engineering book will tell you this. What the software engineering
books don't tell you is that it also can be expensive to give users what they
say they want instead of what they need."
Editor, Journal of Software Maintenance
"There are not very many technical books on specification from
over a decade ago that people still keenly read, enjoy, and recommend to their
colleagues, but this is such a one . . . it takes a clear head to reflect on what
is really happening, and then to look ahead to what ought to be done about it.
It is even better if the book is not only visionary and sharp on the essential
principles of a domain, but also delightfully funny and spicy. This book is."
"There is no book in the software industry before or since Exploring
Requirements that has as much to say about the integration of creativity with
the software design process. I have been in the systems industry, in a variety
of positions since 1974, and this book is my all time number one reference."