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Are you really sure what makes a programmer productive? Is it VIM instead of Emacs, the latest Haskell web framework or your favourite NoSQL database? Sorry, but if you focus on tools, frameworks or even processes, you got it backwards! Real programmer productivity starts at the very beginning: Proper requirements.

We know that if we do not get the requirements right, we will not get our projects right. But, how do we tell our sponsors that managing requirements is more than a box on our Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and a line item on our list of activities? For those of us who have been given imposed deadlines that often seem arbitrary and unreasonable, managing requirements is the last thing on our minds. When the stress of trying to complete projects with tight deadlines seems overwhelming, it is more important than ever to ensure that we deliver a usable product.