Have you ever seen the movie Titanic? Think of the scene when the ship is approaching the iceberg – at the last second they think they’ve dodged it because on the surface it’s not that big. However little do they know, what lies beneath has a significant impact on the ship (and their fate). So what does this have to do with business analysts and planning requirements? Well, in my line of work, a question that I get asked all the time is; “when can a project manager or business analyst confidently say that all the necessary requirements for a given project are complete and fully understood by everyone”?
Unfortunately, the answer isn’t always simple because while a project may seem fairly straight forward on the surface – there is a lot going on underneath to make it happen. And it can turn into a shipwreck, if the right planning is not put in place. Often times, projects have a fairly indistinct approach and thoughts of the project team are continuously evolving.
So in an attempt to answer this pivotal question, the objective of this blog post is to provide project managers and business analysts with an understanding of what lies beneath; i.e., the project’s requirements. And what better way to do this than with an easy to follow, three-question guide to getting your team on the right track?!