Have Poor Project Requirement Definitions Impacted Your Project Schedule?

Do You Know About The Top 5 Best Practices for Requirements Gathering?

Project Managers

Did you know according to the Project Management Institute (PMI) up to 70% of projects fail due to issues with requirements and establishing the scope of the project?  A project manager has many critical success factors they must get right in order to successfully complete a project in a timely manner:

  • Project Charter
  • Project Scope Statement
  • Agreement Upon Project Objectives
  • Preparation of Project Business Case
  • Project Planning
  • Integrate known WRICEF items from SOW into Project Plan
  • Perform Project Risk Assessment
  • Planning out Key Milestones
  • Agreed Upon Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Definition of Project Deliverables
  • High Level Project Plan
  • Project Management Plan
  • Establishing Project Quality Requirements (Deliverables Acceptance Criteria)
  • Finding the right team members - a key part of project resource planning
  • Setting up project team time keeping
  • Setting up Project Budget Tracking System
  • Identifying the right end users
  • Identifying all of the key stakeholders
  • Identifying non-functional requirements
  • Setting up a requirements traceability matrix
  • Setting up a requirements management plan
  • Document requirements using standard requirements documentation 
  • Prioritize requirements (Not all can be met)
  • Ensuring all business and stakeholder requirements are validated and that none are missed
  • Stakeholder requirements transition requirements established and communicated to each team member
  • Getting agreement on what project success looks like
  • Setting up a consistent planning process as well as replanning cadence
  • Taking Care of Project Initiation Activities

Requirements Gathering Best Practices

Are your schedules repeatedly missed due to poor requirements gathering prior to development? As an experienced software engineer trying to gather requirements from your customer, would you like to know what are 5 of the Best Practices you can follow to capture your customer's requirements?

Do you know which format  allows you to completely document those requirements so that you can hand them off to a development team located at another site or in a different country for implementation with minimum conference calling after submission?

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Requirements Management Plan

In our 5 Best Practices of Requirements Gathering checklist, we identify and provide expert level advice on how to setup and follow a methodical, proven process for effective, timely requirements gathering, that will reduce development time by clearly communicating what you need your developer to build, or your SAP functional consultant to configure.  This will greatly assist your requirements management process.

This approach provides a working model of high-level requirements gather approach which will take you all the way from the first functional specification to the final technical specification.

For instance:

  • Learn the 5 Secrets of Requirements Gathering!
  • Learn how to write clearly defined requirements documentation that will eliminate weeks or months of additional requirement clarifying conference calls!

To learn more about requirements gathering best practices and to start your project off on the right footing, please download our white paper on Requirements Gathering Best Practices written by a seasoned software engineer.

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