The Performance Institute Uncovers Causes of Persistent Software Requirements Problem

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Latest Research Exposes Top Five Issues with Application Requirements

The Problem With Requirements

The research uncovers five main issues that lead to the ‘requirements problem.’ And while the report unveils the most prevalent causes of organizations' requirements problems, it also helps those who are facing these same challenges.

The Performance Institute (PI) joins Blueprint Software Systems Inc. to announce the release of a new study that examines the root causes of requirements problems within large, complex, and high-value projects. “The Problem with Requirements: Why is it Still a Problem,” identifies the most critical issues at the root of the requirements problem and outlines actionable advice for organizations that want to make their next critical projects, successful.

Given the number of projects that companies deliver late, go over budget, and miss the mark completely when it comes to business need, poor requirements—a major contributing factor to project failures—continue to be a major problem. Robbins Gioia helped complete this groundbreaking report that sought answers to two basic, but persistent questions:

  •     Why haven’t organizations been able to effectively address the requirements problem?
  •      In organizations that have made improvements, what actions have had the biggest impact?

“In releasing this study on understating persistent problems with requirements, The Performance Institute and Blueprint offer recommendations to help our commercial and federal clients make informed decisions on their most critical issues. The findings from this research provide organization’s change agents with the information they need to justify the importance of a unified, enterprise-wide requirements management methodology,” says Bruce Anich, Executive Director, The Performance Institute.

“What we found is enlightening,” explains Tony Higgins, Vice President of Blueprint, a sponsor of the report. “The research uncovers five main issues that lead to the ‘requirements problem’ that all organizations face today. And while the report unveils the most prevalent causes of organizations' requirements problems, it also helps those who are facing these same challenges to understand these issues and how to address them.”

Available for immediate download is the white paper, “Solving the Requirements Problem—Once and For All” and Blueprint’s instructive infographic. Click for more.

About the Performance Institute
Called “the leading think tank in performance measurement for government” on OMB’s, The Performance Institute ( has been a leader in Performance Management training and policy since 2000. As part of the government Performance Coalition, a group of good government organizations, the Institute works to share best practices, work with limited budgets and improve efficiency in government to improve delivery of citizen services. The Performance Institute publishes research reports regarding performance management initiatives and trains more than 10,000 government managers per year on performance-based topics. Dedicated to improving citizen services and taxpayer transparency, the Institute uses a best-practices foundation to deliver the most effective and tested methodologies for improving performance.

About Blueprint
Founded in 2004, Blueprint develops requirements definition and management (RDM) software. With its best-in-class RDM solution, Blueprint helps companies get complex software and IT project requirements right from the start. Blueprint solves many of the time-consuming, costly, and error-prone elements of defining requirements, ensuring that mission critical projects are completed on time and budget. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Blueprint has global sales, operations and partner presence. Visit:

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