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Writing Better Requirements

business analyst writing better requirements

Earn 7 CDUs and PDUs for taking this course. Bob the BA is an IIBA Endorsed Education Provider.

Overview

The majority of project failures blame the requirements process so it’s no wonder that writing good requirements is complicated and harder than what most people think.  If it were that simple, wouldn’t we have mastered it decades ago?  There are a lot of tools, methodologies and even templates that seem to promise great requirements.  The real truth is that they only assist with storage and communication and the actual writing relies on you.  This class will explore how you can create well-formed, high-quality requirements that will ensure all stakeholders clearly understand what the solution is intended to do.  Whether you are new to business analysis or have been doing it a while you are sure to learn some new techniques and approaches to writing great requirements.

Approach

Our goal at Bob the BA is to help you think, learn and work differently so you can make an impact back on the job. If you always do what you have always done, you will end up right where you were before you were trained right?  So at Bob the BA we take a different approach because we know we learn best by doing and not through lecture. Our courses are always hands-on, practicing through exercises, activities, facilitated discussions, case studies, role play, workshops, printed materials and presentations.

Who Should Take This Course?

Anyone that works with requirements and needs to understand how to write, document and communicate them effectively.

Objectives

  • Understand why well-written requirements are important
  • Understand different styles of requirements writing both classic and modern
  • How to write well-written requirements
  • Understand how to simplify requirements
  • How to tell when you have enough requirements
  • How to group requirements for maximum clarity
  • Understand typical mistakes made in requirements writing
  • How to fix poorly written requirements

Course Topics

  • Why document requirements?
  • What makes up a good requirement?
  • How many ways to write requirements are there?
  • Classic styles of requirements writing
  • Modern styles of requirements writing
  • Techniques to simplify requirements
  • Criteria for well-formed requirements
  • Functional decomposition for grouping requirements
  • What are the barriers to writing great requirements?
  • What are the mistakes most people make in writing requirements?
  • How to fix poor requirements