Posted by tac_admin, July 16, 2014

3 Reasons Not to Pull Your Hair Out over Elicitation Requirements

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Okay, so your requirements aren’t detailed enough. Maybe that’s what your stakeholders tell you. And if it’s not the details that bog you down, it’s something else.

Trust me, I’ve been there.

Back when I was a struggling BA, I wish I’d had someone give me real-world scenarios that prepared me to elicit requirements in the most effective ways.

Actually, that’s why a developed my new, 2-day course, which delivers the requirement elicitation skills you need to get (or keep) the BA position you’ve always wanted.

The best part is that you’ll experience what it’s like “in the field.” Speaking of the situations you’ll face as a BA, I’ve written about 3 steps you can take to make your documentation shine in the eyes of stakeholders.

If documenting requirements makes you feel like yanking your hair out by the roots, save your scalp and read these 3 strategies.

Start with a little brainstorming with stakeholders

When you get together with your stakeholder group, you can get a firm grasp on your business analysis scope during the brainstorming process. Think of the brainstorming meeting as the foundation for the rest of your work.

Needless to say, it’s pretty important.

To avoid that turmoil you may be all-too-familiar with, make sure you include representatives for each stakeholder. Since you’re the leader of the brainstorming meeting, it’s up to you to let other people express solutions and ideas of what they’d like the results to be.

Keep strong records as well!

When you do, this list gives you a map that ensures you don’t stray off path and waste your valuable time and energy.

Keep an eye on all the documents involved

When you run in circles to find a solution, the answer might be in the documents. There may be some hidden (and vital) information that helps you come up with lasting solutions.

Not only will successful document analysis make your clients happy, but you’ll also cement a greater reputation that leads you to a higher salary.

What’s not to like about that?

If you feel confused about the document analysis process, here’s a breakdown…

Anything that’s written down can be useful. When you go over documents in a meticulous way, you’re mining for gold. Plus, when someone writes something down, you better believe it’s important.

So go through everything line by line to make sure your requirements elicitation is detailed enough to satisfy your stakeholders. Use the information you find to come up with a rock solid solution.

Have you done one-on-one interviews?

If you haven’t, you should!

One way to figure out requirements elicitation is to…well…ask for the details. When you host an individual interview with a stakeholder, you’ll get a unique perspective that allows you to come up with more concrete solutions.  

My advice: set up more than one interview.

You may want to come prepared with preset questions, or you may want to treat the interview as a conversation. It’s a matter of not only what you’re comfortable with, but also what the stakeholder prefers.

Make sure you take the time to figure out which option your interviewee prefers. When you do, the interview will be much more fruitful.

Plus, interviews are especially effective if you need more insights as you complete your project.

Want to make your next project your most successful yet?

I’ve developed a 2-day course that will help you make it happen!

Claim your spot right here.

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