Project Management

Requirements 101: Planning Activities

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In part three of our series, here is an overview of the key planning activities, sub-processes and deliverables involved in requirements planning, which should be driven by the business analyst as a member of the project team.

This is the third in a four-part series on the crucial relationship between the disciplines of requirements management and project management. Part One provided an overview of requirement management and addressed the tendency of many project professionals to shortchange business analysis activities. Part Two looked at the relationship between the BABOK and PMBOK.


Now that we have looked at the framework for requirements management and how it fits into the project management framework, let’s delve deeper into requirements planning.


Planning the business analysis work effort is part of the overall effort to plan the project, and the resulting Requirements Management Plan becomes part of the Project Management Plan. Below is a table with some of the key planning activities, the sub-processes associated with each, and the final deliverables that are produced. As stated earlier, these deliverables are rolled into the requirements management plan, which in turn, is a subsidiary plan within the overall project management plan.


Because of the interrelationship of the project and the product, of the project …

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