Requirements are Considered Traceable If…

I use a simple checklist to implement traceability on my projects.  I think it is important that all stakeholders understand what is needed on a project from a traceability perspective.  Traceability begins in earnest with the requirements development activities on your projects. I believe project requirements are traceable if: The source of the requirement is documented. Common […]
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Business Analysis Technique: Brainstorming

According to the BABOK® Guide, brainstorming is one of the 16 required techniques in the fundamental knowledge base of an effective business analyst.   Why would this creative information gathering technique be a required competency for a business analyst?  Let’s have a look.   Brainstorming targets creative thinking about a problem in order to come up with a […]
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Selecting a Requirements Tool

Although I prefer a solid requirements development and management process over having a really cool requirements tool, I have found that requirements development work on many projects is easier to complete and maintain if you use a tool. Make sure that your selected tool supports your organization’s process for developing and managing requirements. For an overview and […]
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Business Analysis Technique: Document Analysis

According to the BABOK® Guide, performing document analysis is one of the 16 required techniques in the fundamental knowledge base of an effective business analyst.   Wow, document analysis.  It sounds so … well… simple. Why would this technique be a required competency for a business analyst?  Let’s have a look.   Document analysis allows the […]
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Negotiating Changing and Conflicting Requirements

I have found that negotiation skills are essential in developing and managing requirements and changes to those requirements. Changing and conflicting project requirements of all types seem to need some negotiating relative to their business context, the user’s needs, the existing situation, and any number of constraints or limits.   The business analysis team should have […]
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