A question most BAs get asked when assigned to a project is “how long will it take to complete requirements?”  Without going into ways to improve your estimating skills, I want to address a key point that is often missed when answering this question.  Our answer is usually related to our time and duration needed.  This is a core factor, but we also need to consider how much time is needed from our stakeholders.

It is important for us to set expectations with all stakeholders that will be involved in the steps of eliciting, analyzing, documenting, reviewing and approving requirements.  The list of stakeholders to consider include SMEs, sponsors, PM, QA Analysts, and development staff.  In order for you to effectively meet your deadlines you need to receive the necessary time dedicated from these stakeholders.  Your project is most likely not their only project.  Planning for their time will help ensure they will be available when needed.

Simply put: lack of planning on your part  does not constitute an emergency for your stakeholders.

About Kupe

“Kupe” Kupersmith, Senior Instructor, B2T Training, possesses over 18 years of experience in software systems development. He has served as the lead Business Analyst and Project Manager on projects in the Energy, television and sports management and marketing industries. Additionally, he serves as a mentor for business analysis professionals. Kupe is the co-author of Business Analysis for Dummies, a Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) and a former IIBA® Board Member. Kupe is a requested speaker in the BA field and has presented at many IIBA chapters and BA conferences. Being a trained improvisational comedian, Kupe is sure to make you laugh while you’re learning. Kupe is a connector and has a goal in life to meet everyone!

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