BA06-Managing & Communication Requirements for Projects

Credits: 14 PDUs / 2 Days

Course Level:

No prerequisites – This course suitable for both novices and experienced people who need to manage and communicate requirements for projects. It is recommended that participants complete the BA01 – Business Analysis Essentials course prior to enrolling or have equivalent experience.

Course Abstract:
A planned requirements approach is essential to a successful project. Your role as the Business Analyst in any project is to help form and coach a cross-functional team, facilitate continuous collaboration with your client, manage and communicate changing requirements, and deliver business value to your client early and regularly throughout the project.

Course Objectives:
Learn to develop a plan that includes determining the requirements activities a Business Analyst will perform on a particular project and how you will control and manage changes to the deliverables.  Develop a high level test plan to verify and validate your user requirements and achieve quality performance.

Student Guide

Intended Audience:

Executives, Project Managers, Business Analysts, Business and IT stakeholders working with analysts, Systems Analysts and programmers interested in expanding their role into the business area.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, participants shall be able to:

  • Plan, manage and communicate requirements for projects
  • Perform the various elicitation techniques used in gathering and documenting requirements.
  • Produce relevant artifacts needed for documenting requirements.
  • Minimize uncertainty and risk by applying principles learned in the course
  • Ensure your project delivers required functionality and adds value to the business
  • Translate business requirements into appropriate technical specifications.
  • Optimize your team’s responsiveness to change

Course Outline:

Section 1: Introduction

  • Requirements  and types of requirements
  • Requirements in the product life cycle
  • Project roles and requirements
  • The role of the Business Analyst (BA)

Section 2: Managing Solution Scope and Requirements

  • Requirements management plan
  • Solution scope
  • Conflict and issue management
  • General techniques used

Section 3: Knowing your audience and their needs

  • Specific needs of business stakeholders and management
  • Specific needs of Subject Matter Experts (SME)
  • Specific needs of the technical team (developers, testers, etc.)

Section 4: Managing Requirements Effectively

  • Attributes of effective requirements
  • Audiences of the requirements and the audiences’ needs
  • Business vs. technical point of view
  • Need for formality and level of detail required

Section 5: Managing Requirements Traceability

  • Recording the dependencies and relationships for each of the requirements
  • Impact analysis
  • Using a configuration management system
  • Testing requirements
  • General techniques used

Section 6: Prepare the Requirements Package

  • Work product and deliverables
  • Attributes of a complete requirements package
  • General techniques used

Section 7: Maintain Requirements for Re-use

  • Maintaining organizational process assets
  • Ongoing requirements
  • Satisfied requirements

Section 8: Communicating Requirements Effectively

  • The 7 Cs
  • Bulleted and numbered lists
  • Tables and graphs
  • Models and other graphics
  • Using white space and fonts
  • Chunking requirements information and the use of headings

Section 9: Additional Information

  • Useful books and links on managing and communicating requirements


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BA06-Managing and Communicating Requirements for Projects – 2 days