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Leveraging Business Analysis for Project Success by Vicki James

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CHAPTER 8

Working the Project

Requirement Defined

I want to take a moment to provide a bit more definition and discussion about what a requirement is before we proceed. The BABOK® Guide v. 3 defines requirement as:

A requirement is a usable representation of a need. Requirements focus on understanding what kind of value could be delivered if a requirement is fulfilled. The nature of the representation may be a document (or set of documents), but can vary widely depending on the circumstances.

Note that the “need” is not where the requirement ends. The definition goes on to focus on understanding the value. Often, a stakeholder will cite a requirement that once you dig deeper, you find doesn’t truly solve the business need. Recall the discussion ...

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