Join Terri Wagner for an in-depth discussion in this video Next steps, part of Project Management Foundations: Requirements.
- This course has offered ideas about how to apply the requirements management best practices found in a Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge or BABOK, to accurately define your project outcomes. We discussed how to collaboratively develop project requirements by eliciting, analyzing, documenting, validating, and managing requirements across the project lifecycle. We've talked about building or using your existing requirements process that included steps for effectively developing, defining, and managing project requirements, integrating people, tools, methods, and procedures, while also striving for consistency and understanding for all involved parties.
On your next project I encourage you to consider using a lifecycle model to plan your deliverables, analyze the requirements, and look for ways to consistently segregate and classify requirements. Then, if you don't already have standard templates, define a structure and template for each document, and explain your chosen documentation strategy. Next, write each requirement to a standard level of quality that's clear, testable, and cross-referenced.
Then, when changes are requested, identify the value versus the impact of the proposed changes, and follow or create your formal change management process. I was fortunate enough to be involved with two book projects that may help in your efforts of applying best practices in your project management and business analysis. The first book is Project Manager Street Smarts: A Real World Guide to PMP Skills, by Linda Zaval and myself Terri Wagner.
The second book is a great resource to assist in the gathering requirements portion of your project, and it's called Certified Business Analysis Study Guide, by Susan Weese and myself Terri Wagner. Both books can be purchased at wiley.com, or amazon.com, you can also check out my website at mentor-source.com. Also, check out the growing list of other project management and business analysis courses available in the lynda.com online training library.
One last reminder, there are a number of organizations around the world that provide professional certifications for project managers and business analysts. Virtually all of them require information on the real world project management or business analysis experience you've engaged in, so don't forget to record the approximate number of hours you've spent managing projects. Be sure to include the project objective, project phase or phases you worked on, along with the supervisor's name that can attest to the work you performed.
You may find that information handy at some point if you want to pursue project management or business analysis certification. Also keep track of the number of hours of training you've completed. Thanks for joining me in Developing Project Requirements. I hope the techniques I've shown here will help you on your very next project.
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- Classifying requirements
- Developing requirements
- Investigating requirements
- Documenting requirements
- Validating requirements
- Managing changing requirements