Why Is Requirements Management A Top In-Demand Skill?

Requirements Management Skills In Demand
Requirements Management Skills In Demand

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:

  1. Which members of your team are performing what requirements activities

  2. When requirements activities will take place

  3. 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.

5 Responses to "Why Is Requirements Management A Top In-Demand Skill?"

  1. Patrick   December 5, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    I want to be a business analyst.

    But I studied basics in networking before. How do I go about it?

    • IT Career Coach   December 5, 2010 at 11:01 pm

      Don’t underrate the opportunity to practice business analysis at your current place of employment, if you already have a job working in IT Networking because Business Analysis cuts across all IT Disciplines.

      #1: Practice Using Business Analysis Skills: Start by looking at your employers current IT / Networking Infrastructure Needs.

      Take a specific project that has been assigned to you … and improve the Return On Investment (ROI) for your employer using your business analysis skills.

      Many projects are executed in a haphazard fashion and the success rate for IT Projects is like: 33% which means that 2/3rds of IT Projects are doomed to fail from inception … Click here to read the article on Writing Better Requirements … Why Projects Fail

      So, improve your company’s ROI by gathering better requirements using your Business Analysis Skills.

      #2: Ask Not What Your Employer Will do For You … Ask For What You Can Do For Your Employer …
      Don’t be obsessed about how you can become a business anakyst because the process of becoming a business analyst is about doing those things that full-time business analysts do until you are offered a full-time job.

      Don’t try to make the leap to becoming a business analyst in one step … take smaller steps by applying business analysis techniques in the context of your employers jobs.

      Then ask your employer for a part-time or full-time opportunity to become a business analyst based on the fact that you’ve proven the worth of business analysis and your skills to your employer.

      #3: Learning Comes Before Doing …
      All these assumes that you’ve already learnt or studied business analysis.

      If you haven’t taken the time to learn business analysis yet, then you are kust dreaming and you’re not quite ready to work as a business analyst!

  2. Bindu   July 5, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    How do you convince a rigid stakeholder (management) to agree to an alternate solution as his approach is not the best approach.

    I being a consultant BA have to face this question every time I take an interview.

    I do not have spent too much time in the company to have that relationship established with the stakeholder and have to convince him to an alternate approach other than his.

    Can you please let me know, how I can answer to this question in my interviews.

    Your response will be greatly appreciated.

  3. Zahoor   July 4, 2010 at 10:02 pm


    Following up to my voice message..since I have been out of work for sometime (more than year and half),

    I like to know if I am able to get special discount to take this Business Analyst boot camp training on line.

    I have project management experience, hold PMP and having BA training will make me very marketable in the financial sector that I am in.

    Please response at your earliest.

    I am hoping to see if you are willing to offer this course to me at $500-$550. Please advice.


    • IT Career Coach   July 4, 2010 at 10:07 pm

      There are no public discounts for business analyst training at this time because right now, the compensation for business analysts far out weigh the investment in our training program.

      Compare this to the cost of getting a four college degree … which still does not qualify you for a job as it is too general. So, you can get an MBA for $40,000 or more and then spend the better part of a decade paying it back.

      We do appreciate your interest in our training … and wish that we can be of more service.


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