(3) Topics (Requirements)

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Our traditional PMI roots are showing here, and this is another one of those areas where you may or may not be strictly following Agile methodology: how do you address business requirements?  Do you have them?  Do you think they’re important?

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In a nutshell, at NextWave, we think they’re important.  This ScrumFunction was included in the application because in our experience, most people interpret Agile as meaning no requirements.  And, we’ve yet to be involved with a successful project that didn’t have at least one person (preferably whoever is in charge of production) who held the vision, could see the big picture, and articulate the development goals to everyone else.

ScrumMaster gives you the ability to organize and group your stories by topic.  Drag and drop items to move them around.  Add to them as needed.  Print them, and essentially, you have a version of a business requirements document.  At the very least, you have a high level communication tool for your client, SME, and team that’s quick and easy to produce.

We get that in Agile and any PM life, it’s nearly impossible to create all stories upfront.  Stories evolve organically.  Needs change, issues arise, and new ideas need incorporation.  As the stories and tasks are created to address those challenges, the business requirements are defined.  Because ScrumMaster lets you add stories to your topics throughout the project, you can create an up-to-date view of the project’s vision and requirements…organically.  As it makes sense for you and your audiences.

And you may, like us, discover that a bit of time on the front end saves a lot of ‘discovery’ and wasted production time and effort.

If you want to use Topics, here’s what you do.

Project Topics (Requirements)
Organize project stories by Topic to create a business requirements document

Swipe an edge to display the bottom App bar.


1. Tap ‘Add a Topic’.

2. Add name and description.

3. Tap ‘Update’.


4. Press to activate the topic you want to change (background color changes).

5. Double-tap the active topic or tap ‘Edit a topic’ to open the ‘EDIT TOPIC’ screen.  Make your changes, tap ‘Update’.

6. Tap ‘Delete a Topic’ and tap ‘Yes’ to remove it.

7. Press to select and drag a Topic to re-order the Topic list.

8. Tap ‘Print requirements’ to go to Reports.  The ‘Project Requirements’ document creates a list of your Topics… you can take it from there.

Now that you have Topics, remember to assign a Topic to each Story you create.  Topics can be created or assigned at any time.


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