Part 3

Graniitti Insights: Kirsi Kekki, requirements specifier

6 helmikuu, 2024

Kirsi Kekki | Kokenut projektiammattilainen

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Welcome to the third part of the Graniitti Insights series!

Sarjan kolmannessa osassa pääsemme tutustumaan syvemmin Kirsiin, Graniitin kokeneeseen vaatimusmäärittelijään. Lue alta, miten Kirsi kuvailee roolinsa tärkeimpiä vastuualueita sekä millainen rooli vaatimusmäärittelijällä on projektin onnistuneen lopputuloksen kannalta.

1. How long have you been with Graniitti?

For a little over a year.

2. What has been the best thing about working at Graniitti?

The great atmosphere and friendly people. Things get done quickly and agilely.

3. What do you enjoy doing in your free time the most?

I enjoy various types of physical activity, and I also like to read books.

4. Describe your role as a requirements specifier.

The role of a requirements specifier in system development projects is often described as acting as a link between the business and implementation, and that's indeed what the work largely entails. The responsibilities of a requirements specifier include clarifying the business objectives, gathering, analyzing, and documenting needs and requirements. The work involves investigating matters and holding discussions with various stakeholders. The documentation mentioned earlier is an essential part of the requirements specifier's job, crucial for the smooth progress of implementers and testers' work, as well as for maintenance in the future.

5. What are the key responsibilities in your role?

I would say that the key responsibilities are related to identifying and gathering requirements, as well as documenting them. It's also important to provide support to implementation and testing when needed, and to clarify responses to any detailed questions that arise from them.

6. What are the most common challenges in your role, and how do you overcome them?

The first challenge that comes to mind is the changing and sometimes conflicting requirements. Managing these is aided by having a comprehensive understanding of the overall context, meaning knowing and understanding both the business processes and practices, as well as the features of the system being developed and any potential technical constraints.

7. How do you gather and analyze customer requirements to ensure the successful outcome of the project?

I believe it's important to understand the processes and thereby grasp the overall context. This also aids in discussions with the business when refining objectives and requirements. In addition to discussions, requirements gathering can be done through activities such as interviews or various workshops. When analyzing and shaping requirements into implementable features, various aspects need to be considered, such as GDPR compliance and ensuring a pleasant user experience, which in turn contribute to achieving a successful outcome.

8. How do you ensure that the requirements remain aligned with the project's goals throughout the development process?

The requirements specifier should constantly be aware of any changes occurring and identify the potential impacts and dependencies of these changes on the requirements. Collaboration with other project members is especially emphasized in this regard.

9. What do you enjoy the most about your role?

What I enjoy the most about the role is its versatility. Particularly, the opportunity to work with both users and implementers. I appreciate the collaborative aspect, where together with other project members, we can plan and brainstorm solutions. Depending on the project, there's also some degree of autonomy in shaping my role as a specifier, such as how technically oriented it is or how well I understand the business domain.

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