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An Introduction To Business Requirements Gathering

By Alex Stein

A great deal of companies like to enter investments or business ventures because they know how much they might be able to grow through these processes. Before engaging in any such processes it is not hard to disagree that possible business requirements should be determined. Because of this we will take a look at business requirements gathering. There are many more principles here as we are just touching the surface.

As previously mentioned the process of attaining requirements is a very complex and in depth practice so during this introduction we will view concepts in the most basic of ways. The first thing to cover would be an explanation of the practice. Simply put, it is the act of gathering information on the requirements of any venture that a business is strongly considering.

To attain the most accurate information regarding requirements information many different methods are utilized. We will discuss a few popular ones that are a bit easier to understand than some of the rest. One method that has been used for years is the focus group. The information that consumers provide can sometimes be invaluable when your venture is dealing with a new product or service.

The most traditional of all of the gathering methods is the simple process of analyzing documents and related paperwork. The reason why this is also one of the most effective methods is because it shows, in a very plain way, things in the way that they actually are. This is why this process should never be overlooked for any assessment of possible requirements.

Many companies enjoy the method that involves the construction of a prototype or model. Some people might be overlooking the amount of information that can be learned from such prototypes. This particular method is also very effective for red lighting some, otherwise unknown, conflicts. Keep in mind that the prototype of today is typically a graphic model on a computer screen.

No matter how long you plan on performing the gathering process, keep in mind that you need to use more than one method or tool. A single method or tool cannot give you enough requirements information to make any level of educated decision. Also keep in mind that just because you don’t prefer a certain method does not mean that it will not be quite effective when combined with another.

Keep in mind that requirements gathering training is becoming a very popular thing in the current business communities. This is where a company results the assistance of a third party to train it’s in house gathering team. This does not have to be a very lengthy process either as many of these training grounds are actually short seminars and workshops. There is also more extensive training available.

Maybe at this point, you have a much better idea behind the very complex subject of business requirements gathering and how it helps companies determine very important information. Keep in mind that before making any business decisions a company should be very confident that they are meeting requirements according to the research that has been performed.

For more information on business analysis and requirements training visit Pierson provides practical hands-on business analysis training classes and courses to the business analyst and project team using JAD, Use Cases, UML and Data Techniques.

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