Mind Map for Mapping User Requirements to Software Features?

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Mind Map for Mapping User Requirements to Software Features?
Hans Fleuren, Business Consultant, Netherlands

I am looking for suggestions to keep control of mapping the User Requirements to Software Features and Functional Testing Scenarios. Is a Mind Map a good tool for effectively describing the relationship between these 3 entities? Please enter your opinion or alternate solution you are working with.

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Maurice Hogarth, Consultant, United Kingdom
If "keep control" means the organisation and managing of the data to be displayed, yes Mind-Mapping (MM) is suitable.
However Meta Planning will be easier for initial layout. (Cards pinned to large sheets of paper on pin-boards - more easily moved until fully arranged - then stuck to the backing paper to retain / display). Can be layed out in MM format. Photo or Copy as mind-map - User requirement /branch, from these Software then Testing branches. Different colour per type.
Or each user requirement becomes the "title" from which stems the software then scenario branches. Need inter-map linkages (as in project mapping) to show connections.
Will need to cross-reference to linear writing for data that cannot be mind-mapped and/or other MMs for detail.
Could combine mind- and process-mapping (with images etc.) as the way to fully cover and display the data. (This is what evolved when I mapped the process for building a telephone exchange - linked to the process for a person receiving a phone).



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