6.3. Gather requirements

Requirements gathering is an important exercise for many reasons. Gathering business requirements:

  • Reduces the likelihood that an inappropriate solution will be implemented

  • Exposes other business problems that may also need to be addressed

  • Drives the creation of a statement of work and project acceptance criteria

  • Drives the creation of a project plan contributing directly to resources, tasks, and time lines

  • Reduces the likelihood of scope creep

  • Stimulates discussion about alternative solutions

  • Focuses the team on activities that directly impact the business problem, resulting in faster, more efficient execution

A thorough requirements-gathering exercise is part of the process to scope a project; it should be performed before ...

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