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Upcoming Webinars

What's Hot and What's Not: Trends in Business Analysis

March 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST
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What's Hot and What's Not: Trends in Business Analysis on Projects Overview: Organizations are becoming increasingly aware that no matter how well they manage projects, they won’t succeed if they don’t get the requirements right. But what does it mean to have good requirements? Is it creating a mountain of unnecessary paperwork? Is it a rejection of techniques that have served requirements pra...

On-demand Webinars

PodCast: Business Analysis for Practitioners (Part 1)

by Laura Paton

In this three-part podcast, Laura Paton, MBA, PMI-PBA, PMP, CBAP, CSM, the lead author of PMI’s Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide, discusses elicitation and analysis techniques for business analysts, as well as the new practice guide and who will benefit from it.

PodCast: Business Analysis for Practitioners (Part 2)

by Laura Paton

In this three-part podcast, Laura Paton, MBA, PMI-PBA, PMP, CBAP, CSM, the lead author of PMI’s Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide, discusses elicitation and analysis techniques for business analysts, as well as the new practice guide and who will benefit from it.

PodCast: Business Analysis for Practitioners (Part 3)

by Laura Paton

In this three-part podcast, Laura Paton, MBA, PMI-PBA, PMP, CBAP, CSM, the lead author of PMI’s Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide, discusses elicitation and analysis techniques for business analysts, as well as the new practice guide and who will benefit from it.

Requirements Management Top Tips

PREMIUM on-demand webinar

This webinar, a repeat performance of a presentation of the same name at the PMI 2014 NA Congress in Phoenix reveals the top requirements management tips as collected by your RqM Council leaders Beth Ouellette and Mike Frenette.

The Relationship Between the PM and the BA

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By attending this power session participants will learn how to incorporate the increasingly valuable role of the BA into the process of managing project stakeholders’ expectations. The presentation will focus on PM-BA collaboration opportunities to maximize benefits related to communications, understanding stakeholders’ needs, risk management, change control and quality management.

Blog Insights

Requirements Management Ruminations

by Sally Elatta, Abdulilah Angaa, Victoria Cupet, Beth Ouellette, Elizabeth Larson, Rich Larson, Mike Frenette, Mary Gorman, Ellen Gottesdiener, Jhansi Vijayarajan, Bobbye Underwood, Cameron McGaughy

A collaborative blog with contributions from members of the PMI Requirements Management Community of Practice and various authors and presenters who have dealt with the topic of requirements management.

Requirements

by Michael Joseph Frenette

Effective requirements collection, management and traceability plus smart PM practices equals project success.

Save Time With Tools And Templates

System Requirements Specification

PREMIUM deliverable

The System Requirements Specification (SRS) document describes all data, functional and behavioral requirements of the software under production or development.

Strategic Requirements Template

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This deliverable aligns with the concepts expressed in the article Strategic Requirements Management. This template should be used in conjunction with a more traditional requirements document to assist in the prioritizing of features and the finalizing of scope elements. It can also support discussions around changes in scope during the project. The cells below provide a basic summary of each column.

Requirements Management Plan

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The Requirements Management Plan is primarily used for communications, giving all stakeholders a view on how this process is managed for your project. It completely answers the very common question, "How are you identifying and managing your project requirements?"

Project Impact Analysis on Scope

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Even a small change can have a huge effect on a project. This impact analysis study will help you measure the effect of a potential change on your project's scope.

Requirements Candidate Summary

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This planning guide will help you with the review and selection of project requirements to be included in the current scope. All requirements candidates are captured here, along with some basic information about them. Each candidate is then scored based on a number of different factors. The completed template provides a validation that the requirements ultimately approved are the ones that are the most appropriate for inclusion.

Project HEADWAY Change Request Log

PREMIUM deliverable

The primary purpose of this document is to track the status of change requests that have been created on the project. For smaller projects or projects where the scope is well defined, the log may not be useful. For larger, more complex projects, or for those projects where there is a lot of change, a change request log can be very useful.

Project Scope Statement

PREMIUM deliverable

The project scope statement details your project's deliverables and describes the major objectives, which includes measurable criteria for success. Use this template to document the six essential elements.

Learn From Others

Teamwork: The Best Quality Tool

by Andy Jordan

Quality is more than just processes and measurements--it’s about ownership and commitment. If you want a quality outcome, you need a team capable of delivering it.

The Journey from Idea to Implementation: A PMI Volunteer’s View on the Development of a New Certification
(Part 2)

by Beth Ouellette

In this article series, Beth Ouellette talks about her experience working on PMI’s Requirements Management Steering Committee. This group helped to perform the work that eventually created the PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)SM certification, which officially launched in September, 2014. As Beth explains, the work and planning that goes into the creation of a PMI certification begins long before it’s made public. In Part 2, she helps build the foundation for a new certification.

5 IT Infrastructure Lessons Learned from Missed Requirements

by Andrew Makar, PMP

In a typical software development project, gathering and managing requirements is a common process. But what about IT infrastructure projects? Do they have specific requirements beyond the architecture diagram? Here are five lessons learned from an infrastructure project that struggled with missed requirements.

Quality Isn't Free. But It Just Might Be a Worthwhile Investment.

by Mark Mullaly, PMP

Quality takes time, effort and hard work to realize. So what does that mean for project managers? Does it mean we need to be investing even more in our project management processes? Do we need to be learning arcane techniques for statistical process control and total quality management? Do we really need that Sigma Six black belt after all? Not necessarily.

The Journey from Idea to Implementation: A PMI Volunteer’s View on the Development of a New Certification
(Part 1)

by Beth Ouellette

In this article series, Beth Ouellette talks about her experience working on PMI’s Requirements Management Steering Committee. This group helped to perform the work that eventually created the PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)SM certification, which officially launched in September, 2014. As Beth explains, the work and planning that goes into the creation of a PMI certification begins long before it’s made public. In Part 1, she shares her background with PMI.

Interchangeable Project Lenses Can Reveal the Unseen

by George Dinwiddie

When we see the same view every day, we get complacent. A prudent project manager does not rely on any single view of the project, as multiple views can expose unforeseen problems and opportunities.

Requirements: Lost in Translation

by Chi-Pong Wong

Studies show that flawed requirements are a primary reason for project failure. Why do so many projects address the wrong requirements? The process is complicated and error prone. The solution? A forward-aligned requirement translation process.

Effective Requirements Writing

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

Every project has requirements, but if they aren't written well from the very beginning then it's highly unlikely that they will be met. Following these four guidelines will help the requirement writer get a good start on writing effective requirements that will filter through the entire project lifecycle.

Business Needs: Are Projects Aligned?

by Jiju (Jay) Nair, PMP

Extensive studies and industry surveys over the last decade have revealed that lack of alignment to business needs is a major factor for project failure. Recent trends have indicated that project teams continue to cut corners during the planning stages of the project even while exploring options to elevate their project success rates. Are you practicing effective requirements analysis and management?

The Dimensions of Change in Requirements Management

by Victoria Cupet, Michael Frenette, Salah Haswah, Thea Hughes & Leandro Mingoti

Although requirements define the desired state of the organizational change, they are themselves subject to change. Regardless of the whether a project is using a traditional or adaptive framework, controlling changes through established processes is necessary. Learn about four steps to create a common vision and get the necessary commitment and compliance from the involved stakeholders.


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To what point should Pre-sales / Sales team assist in gathering Requirements from Probable Customers?  Bindu Pillai  Dec 25, '14 6:55 AM 
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What are the most common requirements management mistakes?  Andy Jordan  May 23, '14 5:56 PM 
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