Considering the BABOK Business Analysis Deliverables?
A core set of business analysis documentation is needed for all of your projects regardless of project size or type. Have you considered using the BABOK® set of business analysis deliverables as your starting point? These key deliverables define aspects of business analysis work and document project requirements across the project life cycle. In addition […]
Writing Industrial Strength Requirements Using the IEEE Checklist
The industrial strength IEEE well-formed requirements checklist found in IEEE Standard 830-1998 allows us to write well-formed requirements at any level of detail. However, it is one thing to recite the elements in the list and quite another thing to understand and consistently apply them to your requirements writing efforts. Let’s step through each element […]
Using Focus Words in Your Requirements
Let’s look at the focus words we commonly use in our requirements documents. Requirements use many words to signal their focus and intent, such as ‘will’, ‘must’, ‘may’, ‘can’, ‘shall’, or ‘should’. There are some legal ramifications to certain focus words if they appear in a written contract. These concerns may govern what words can […]
Requirements are a Project’s Essential Ingredient
One often overlooked aspect of successful projects is the quality of its requirements. About 40% of the originally-proposed features and functions that are defined for major projects actually ever get implemented. Of those that do, they are part of the more than 50% of projects that come in an average of 189% over their original budget estimates. […]