Applying Business Knowledge to Your Projects

Understanding the internal and external business environment surrounding your projects is an essential business skill for project managers, business analysts and project team members. It is impossible to work with the business and the technology stakeholders on your projects if you have no understanding of the business. This knowledge helps you make good decisions and […]
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Defining your Requirements Structure

The first time I mentioned developing a requirements structure for one of my consulting clients, they looked at me in puzzlement. According to the BABOK® Guide, a requirements structure defines the organized structure for all of the project requirements and the documented relationships between these requirements. To be more specific, the requirements structure defines the […]
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The Perils of Prototypes

Prototyping a process or system is a great way to get input from the impacted user communities before spending enormous amounts of time and effort in your actual implementation.  Always remember, though, “Users know what they don’t like when they see it”.  By using a prototype, you can begin to draw out those unstated requirements […]
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Susan’s Top 25 Questions to Ask Your Users

Ever find it difficult to understand what your users are doing and what they need from your new solution?  You need to ask questions, observe their actions and use any means necessary to get this understanding and deliver a solution that meets their needs. I have a set of my top 25 generic questions to ask your […]
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Specifying and Modeling Requirements

One of the tasks in the Requirements Analysis knowledge area of the BABOK® Guide is “Specifying and modeling requirements.”  This task offers a lot of common sense advice when it comes to writing and modeling your stakeholder or solution requirements for your project. There are several recommended elements that you should consider applying on your […]
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