When gathering or analyzing requirements, it is just as important to focus on the process that you are using to develop your requirements as it is to focus on the requirements themselves.
If you have a poor requirements elicitation or management process, you risk not understanding the business problem you are trying to solve or turning out a poor product.
The cost of Information Technology (IT) project failures has become so high that one can no longer ignore the fact that business analysts need to invest a good amount of time into understanding what they intend to build.
The good news is that a lot of thought has been put into the process of gathering and creating good requirements.
These thoughts have been gathered and structured into a discipline called Requirements Engineering.
Why Adopt An Effective Requirements Engineering Framework?
However, business analysts may not benefit from Requirements Engineering best practices in organizations where requirements management is perceived as a process imposed by the higher-ups or seen as an afterthought.
In between chasing down stakeholders for interviews, wrestling with use cases and models or managing conflict and corporate politics, the requirements engineering process may end up being treated as meaningless meetings or just paperwork.
What you may not know is that the reason you’re chasing down stakeholders or having so much trouble with gathering requirements is that you don’t have an effective Requirements Engineering framework in place.
Unless you break the cycle by doing research on what works and what doesn’t … the cycle of difficulty and ineffectiveness may be guaranteed to continue.
If your company does not have a Requirements Engineering framework, you can do your manager a good turn by implementing one for your team!
The fact that you do this certainly can’t hurt during your end of year performance review 🙂
What Does Requirements Engineering Mean To A Business Analyst?
Basically, Requirements Engineering encompasses all the activities and deliverables associated with defining a product’s requirements.
Think of Requirements Engineering as the software development methodology applied to requirements.
Requirements engineering includes requirements development and requirements management.
Requirements Development encompasses the activities and deliverables for Eliciting, Analyzing, Specifying and Validating requirements.
Requirements Management encompasses activities and deliverables for Establishing Requirements Baselines, Change Control and Tracing Requirements.
What Is The Value of Requirements Engineering To Your Organization?
Having a requirements engineering framework for your team will help you answer these questions:
- Which member of your team is performing what requirements activity?
- When will a requirements activity take place?
- What are the details and steps of each activity is?
Having all of this formally defined will help your team reach its intended business goals.
Having a good requirements engineering process in place has been shown to have significant effect on a business analyst’s ability to develop correct requirements on time and within budget.
The best Requirements Engineering process to follow will be the one that makes your team the most productive and that produces excellent (correct, complete, clear, concise, consistent, relevant, feasible and verifiable) requirements.
As you develop a requirements framework, take into consideration your environmental constraints, corporate culture and the nature of the projects you are engaged in.
After defining your requirements engineering process, you must follow through and execute on the defined steps so that you can create a good product.
Where Does A Business Analyst Learn Requirements Engineering?
Take a moment now and add the knowledge of Requirements Engineering to your belt because it can only help make you a better business analyst.
Requirements Engineering is one of the several courses taught at the Business Analyst Boot Camp Training.
Traditional Classroom Business Analysis Training tends to be expensive because you have to pay for each core business analysis course like UML Training or Use Case Training or Requirements Engineering Training.
So, with class-room based training, you may end up paying for an “Introduction to Use Case” Class and an “Advanced Use Clase” class etc. just to get a complete A – Z “Use Case” Training.
That is in contrast to the Business Analyst Boot Camp Training where you get all the Use Cases + Requirements + UML Business Analyst Training and more … in one program