Excellent Requirements Checklist

Excellent requirements leave no room for interpretation, create or cause for confusion and omit no critical detail. Ensure your requirements are excellent and possess these 10 characteristics.

Requirements Document Template

Tools for data, processes, business rules, and external agents/actors. This template puts all these tools into one document, and organizes it into sections for business requirements, stakeholder requirements, and functional requirements.

TA DA! Beyond Requirements Excerpt

I’m excited to announce that the book I’ve been working on for the last three years is available! In celebration (and a little promotion), I thought I would share an excerpt. I chose the excerpt below because it discusses some helpful concepts for analysts, regardless...

I have requirements approval! … Now what?

You deserve a pat on the back! You made it through discovery, requirements preparation, requirements elicitation (and probably a lot of negotiation), and came out the other end with a pristine, beautifully prepared business requirements document (BRD). It is time to...

Requirements are a Means to an End

Business analysis practitioners have struggled for a while now to shed the image of just being note takers, scribes, and/or project managers in training. Unfortunately, many unwittingly hinder this cause by continuing to focus so much attention on dealing with...

Business vs Functional Requirements? Who Cares?

What is a business requirement? The most common answer I get when asking for an example of a business requirement is a sentence like: “The system shall facilitate the automation of email to the customer.” Is that a business requirement? Well of course it must be. The...

Good BAs Define Requirements for Orange Juice

It’s a common scenario. You’re on your way home from work when your spouse sends you a text message to pick up some milk, orange juice, and bread on your way home (of course you read the text while you’re at a stop light, not while you’re...
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