How to Analyze Business and Stakeholder (User) Requirements

Techniques for Identifying Conflicts, Discrepancies, and Missing Requirements for your Project

Course Duration: 7 hours hours
Web-delivered, Instructor-led Pricing: $795/person.

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Understanding the business requirements in the manner in which they were intended can be a very challenging proposition. If the requirements are going to do their job well, they need to be understood by several target audiences, namely the business community, the technical community, and the developer/tester community. Each of these groups needs to be able to read the business requirements and extract what they need out of them to be able to contribute to the end product.

This online business analysis training workshop presents several requirement analysis techniques that business analysts and subject matter experts can use to identify requirements and phrases that might be misunderstood by the various target audiences. It assumes that you know how to write effective, measurable business requirements (or that you are going to analyze other people’s requirements. These techniques will help reduce the number of incorrect and misunderstood business requirements.

Learning Objectives

  • Apply the four rules for managing a group of requirements
  • Classify 7 major components of business systems that need analysis
  • Decompose requirements into the major types of requirements and their subtypes
  • Further clarify business rules, performance and constraining requirements
  • Use a standard readability index to improve understanding
  • Choose risk reduction alternatives for high-risk requirements
  • Evaluate the completeness of requirements
  • Categorize requirements based on focus
  • Create a requirement/problem matrix to confirm requirements completeness
  • Confirm (determine relative importance and feasibility) of requirements
  • Prioritize requirements based on business and system needs
  • Use templates to guide writing requirements
Detailed View

1 Analyzing Business Requirements

Clarifying Business Requirements

Identifying Business Components

2 Decomposing Requirements

Decomposing Requirements

3 Verifying Business Requirements

Confirming Business Requirements

4 Requirements Prioritization

Requirements Prioritization

5 Requirement Tools and Templates

Requirements Tools and Templates

Anyone interested in understanding what a proposed business system will do, including:
  • Project Managers and Leaders
  • Subject Matter Experts
  • Quality Assurance Engineers
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About author:

Tom has been in business analysis since long before it was called business analysis. He has over 30 years experience in the fields of information technology, methodologies, and business analysis. In his writings and lectures he strives for enlightening while entertaining. As a facilitator, he achieves results through inclusion and synergistic group-building. He has taught thousands of students business and systems analysis skills since the '80's and has facilitated hundreds of requirements discovery sessions under a variety of acronyms (JAD, ASAP, JADr, JRP, etc.).

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