Is Requirements Management Helpful?
If you work in an office where requirements management is a low priority, an afterthought or a process imposed by senior management, you may begin to lose sight of the value that requirements management offers.
In between chasing down your stakeholders for interviews, wrestling with your use cases or managing conflict and corporate politics, you may decide to abort what sometimes seems like meaningless meetings or endless paperwork.
What you may not know is that the reason you’re chasing down stakeholders or having so much trouble gathering requirements is that you don’t have an effective Requirements Management framework in place.
Because Requirements Management is really not an afterthought and unless you step out of your busy schedule to learn what works and what doesn’t work in requirements management … the cycle of difficulty, ineffectiveness or project failure is guaranteed to continue!
Why Requirements Management Is A High Priority For Business Analysts
If your project lacks an effective Requirements Management plan, you can do your team or manager a favor by learning how to implement one.
This is important because an effective requirements management plan will help you deliver the right product, technology or business solution and stand you in good stead at the performance review.
The risk of Information Technology (IT) project failure is so high that taking the time to understand, model or validate what needs to be built is a high priority for any professional business analyst.
If your requirements management plan is weak, you risk not understanding the business problem or turning out a poor solution.
So, whether you’re 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.
The good news is that a lot of thought has been put into the process of gathering and creating good requirements.
The Requirements Management Plan
These thoughts have been gathered and structured into a discipline known as Requirements Engineering or Management.
Requirements Management encompasses the activities of defining a solution’s requirements, Eliciting, Analyzing, Specifying and Validating business requirements.
Requirements Management encompasses activities and deliverables for establishing Requirements Baselines, Change Control and Tracing Requirements.
Having an effective requirements management plan will also help you define:
Which members of your team are performing what requirements activities
When requirements activities will take place
What the details and steps of each requirement activity are
Having all of this formally defined will help your team deliver the right product or solution.
Having a good requirements management plan will also improve your teams ability to build or deliver the correct requirements on time and within budget.
The ROI for Effective Requirements Management
An effective Requirements Management plan will also help your team be more productive or produce excellent correct, complete, clear, concise, consistent, relevant, feasible and verifiable requirements.
Keep in mind that your Requirements Management plan may need to be customized to your projects, organizational constraints or corporate culture.
Remember that effective Requirements Management results in better business solutions … which is a hallmark of successful business analysts.
Requirements Management is one of several business analysis courses offered at the Business Analyst Boot Camp Training.
A complete end-to-end Business Analysis training is traditionally expensive because you pay for multiple business analysis courses on UML, Use Cases, Requirements Management, etc.
In addition, these courses are sometimes split into beginner, intermediate or advanced classes which you have to pay for individually.
What if you could get your “Use Case Training”, “UML Training”, “Requirements Management Training” and more by attending just one class?
What if you could get all these Business Analyst courses for a fraction of the traditional cost? … Here is how to to do just that.