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Full name

Raja Bavani

Job Chief Architect
email raja_bavani [at] mindtree [dot] com
Phone number 9850049239
Company MindTree
City (Country) Pune
Time 30'
Type of Conference Conference > 100 attendees
Level Everybody

Agile Requirements: Lessons from Five Unusual Sources


Raja Bavani is Chief Architect of MindTree’s Product Engineering Services (PES) and IT Services (ITS) groups and plays the role of Agile Evangelist. He has more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry and has presented at international conferences on topics related to code quality, distributed Agile, customer value management and software estimation. He is a member of IEEE and IEEE Computer Society. He regularly interfaces with educational institutions to offer guest lectures and writes for technical conferences. He writes for magazines such as Agile Record, Cutter IT Journal and SD Times. His distributed agile blog posts, articles and white papers are available at and He can be reached at


Over the past decades we have seen several methodologies for software development and approaches to perform requirements engineering. However, requirements engineering continues to be one of the challenging aspects of software engineering because it involves understanding the requirements of business users and ensuring that they are specified correctly to build applications and products that will satisfy business users. This is also true for projects that follow agile methodologies. Moreover, delivering working software in short iterations requires intense communication and coordination among agile teams in order to refine requirements and identify dependencies and conflicts. In my experience with agile teams in both collocated and distributed environments, an interesting aspect I have observed is that successful agile teams learn from unusual sources. In this session, I will share some simple lessons I learned from five unusual sources.



Benefits for the attendees

Simple lessons from 5 unusual sources to improve the effectiveness of requirement engineering practices such as backlog grooming in agile projects.

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