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22 January 2011

(n(n − 1) / 2) Rn - the complexity of requirements workshops

Alex Papworth is running an online training session for business analysts and the discussion has turned to the challenges of workshops. Many feel the workshop format is inherently difficult (which I agree with.) I wanted to make a point and so put this together to help clarify my ideas.

Workshop complexity is the same as the Fred Brooks's Mythical Man Month, although I think a requirements workshop is even more complex as you have to address multiple issues in one session.  This leads me to add another element to Fred's model;

   (n(n − 1) / 2) Rn


Where Rn is the number of requirements being handled in the session.

Take a look.