PREVIEW eCourse/eBook: How to Write Effective Requirements for IT Solutions

Overview of the UDEMY course “Writing Requirements for IT — Simply Put! Use Four Simple Rules to Improve the Quality of Your User Stories, Features, or IT Requirements”. View the full course description and outline at

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Effective Requirements Reduce Project Failures

Writing requirements is one of the core competencies for anyone in an organization responsible for defining future Information Technology (IT) applications. However, nearly every independently executed root-cause analysis of IT project problems and failures in the past half-century have identified “misunderstood or incomplete requirements” as the primary cause. This has made writing requirements the bane of many projects.

The real problem is the subtle differences between “understanding” someone else’s requirement and “sharing a common understanding” with the author.

“Writing Requirements for IT — Simply Put!” gives you a set of 4 simple rules that will make your requirement statements more easily understood by all target audiences. The focus is to increase the “common understanding” between the author of a requirement and the solution providers (e.g., in-house or outsourced IT designers, developers, analysts, and vendors).

The rules we present in this book will reduce the failure rate of projects suffering from poor requirements. Regardless of your job title or role, if you are tasked with communicating your future needs to others, this course is for you.

How to Get the Most Out of this Course?

To maximize the learning effect, you will have optional, online exercises to assess your understanding of each presented technique. Lessons prefaced with the phrase “Exercise” contain an exercise that we have prepared to give you an opportunity to try the presented technique yourself.

These exercises are optional and they do not “test” your knowledge in the conventional sense. Their purpose is to demonstrate the use of the technique more real-life than our explanations can supply. We hope you enjoy them and that they make it easier for you to apply the techniques in real life.

What you will learn when you enroll in the full course:

– Find missing requirements by analyzing the business and IT components of a proposed solution
– Reduce the number of invalid assumptions by using a question file
– Translate business needs into well-formed business requirement statements
– Write business requirements that express WHAT the solution should deliver
– Confirm that your requirements are in scope for your project
– Defend the need for expressing requirements that all affected target audiences understand
– Isolate and address ambiguous words and phrases in requirements
– Use our Peer Perception technique to find words and phrases that can lead to misunderstandings
– Improve your requirements with revision, definition, and clarification techniques
– Use corporate and industry standard terms to improve communication
– Define ambiguous terms and expand acronyms in a glossary to avoid miscommunication
– Reduce the ambiguity of a statement by adding context
– Utilize standard readability indices to reduce the potential for misunderstandings on your projects
– Decompose requirement statements to identify Functional and Non-Functional Requirements
– Give those responsible for designing, building, and/or buying the solution the kind of information they need to make the decisions that are right for the business
– Identify Informational, Performance, and Constraining Requirements from a list of Functional Requirements
– Document and manage Business, Stakeholder, Functional and Non-Functional Requirements in XL
– Capture Business Rules and External Constraints that mandate limits to the delivered solution
– Develop Measurable Solution Requirements that Facilitate End-User Acceptance Testing

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Quit Firefighting: Taking Back Control of Time

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