Blueprint Publishes Essential Requirements Definition and Management Resource for Business Analysts

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New “For Dummies” book offers practical insights and best practice recommendations on how to author, validate and manage software requirements.

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Blueprint, the leading provider of enterprise Requirements Definition & Management (RDM) software, is pleased to announce the launch of its new desktop reference guide, Requirements Definition & Management For Dummies. This addition to the popular “For Dummies” series is jam packed with meaningful information about the critical role of the Business Analyst, and the vital role they play in the application development lifecycle.

“This comprehensive yet easy-to-read book is the definitive guide to understanding requirements definition and management and its direct impact on software project quality and delivery,” said Dan Shimmerman, President and CEO of Blueprint Systems. “Business Analysts, their managers and anyone involved in the requirements process will want to consult this resource to understand how the business environment is changing and what Business Analysts need in order to do their job more effectively.”

As a market leader, Blueprint saw the need to elevate awareness of the critical role of the Business Analyst and explore the emerging Requirements Definition and Management software category. This easy to read guide, covers the key concepts related to the Business Analyst’s role, job function and overall impact on software development and delivery success.

Requirements Definition & Management For Dummies examines:

  •     The critical role of the Business Analyst
  •     How Business Analysts are transforming business
  •     The ways in which Business Analysts are changing how requirements are defined and managed
  •     What Business Analysts need to succeed
  •     Tips to improve Business Analyst productivity

“Business analysis is a relatively new, but fast-growing corporate function and in fact, the number of Business Analyst positions has increased dramatically in recent years,” said Tony Higgins, Vice President of Product Marketing, Blueprint, and co-author of the book. “But in spite of the growing numbers and strategic importance of the role, Business Analysts still spend far too much time on low-impact clerical activities due to inadequate, inefficient tools that impair their ability to do their job. This book gives Business Analysts the information they need to help others better understand their role and what they need to do their job effectively and to focus on what matters most – business analysis.”

This pocket guide, published by John Wiley & Sons was authored by Tony Higgins, Blueprint’s Vice-President of Product Management, Keith Barrett, Blueprint Senior Systems Engineer, and Robert Schneider, a technology consultant and writer based in Silicon Valley. The content is based on hundreds of Blueprint client implementations and decades of collective expertise in RDM. The book is available in hardcover or as an eBook. A complimentary copy can be downloaded at

About Blueprint
Blueprint develops requirements definition and management (RDM) software purpose-built to resolve the errors and inefficiencies encountered in RDM today. Blueprint solves many of the time-consuming, costly, error-prone elements of defining requirements, resulting in better business applications with far less rework. Headquartered in Toronto, Blueprint has global sales, operations and partner presence. Visit

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