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Business analysts, are you prioritizing requirements the right way? By Ananya Pani

  in Career | Published 2019-02-12 12:39:49 | 9 Reads | Unrated

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The requirements prioritization is one of the critical tasks for documenting and finalizing requirements.

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How many times in your BA role have you been caught up with stakeholders arguing on which requirements need to be taken up?

How many times have you had long meetings trying to negotiate with stakeholders who claimed that all the requirements were critical?

Most of my BA friends would agree that requirements prioritization is one of the critical tasks for documenting and finalizing requirements. However, it is not devoid of challenges. Each stakeholder may value something different and this can result in conflicts. It may also seem that all requirements are important and n

eed attention.

While we may love to have all the requirements implemented, it is almost impossible to do so with the limited resources of the project. It is at this point that we need to understand the critical requirements that need to be addressed. Prioritizing requirements helps us in this regard.

Prioritization of requirements is critical to any project for the following reasons:

  • It helps in determining the relative importance of various requirements
  • It helps in determining which requirements need to be targeted for further analysis
  • It helps in determining how much time or detail should be allocated to the identified requirements
  • It helps in identifying those requirements which need to be implemented first/taken up in the next phase

As the popular saying goes we can’t make everyone happy, this is also true with stakeholders. But as business analysts, we have to consider our stakeholders, their needs, and their opinions on the value of a requirement and come up with the best possible outcome.

So, here are a few aspects which you need to consider while prioritizing requirements:

  • Category of the requirement – Business requirement, Stakeholder requirement, Solution requirement (Functional, Non-Functional) or Transition requirement
  • Criticality of the requirement – There are requirements without which day to day operation would be hampered/would not be possible, ones which would have a workaround, ones which can be pushed to the next release etc. Understand how critical the requirement in question is.
  • Business value of the requirement – Understand the value that the requirement would bring about. Whether it is revenue growth/dollar saving, entry to a new market segment, improvement to the usability /user experience or something else.
  • Effort/cost to implement
  • Opportunity loss due to the lack of this requirement
  • Based on the business value, the effort/cost to implement and the opportunity loss, arrive at a value index which would be (business value+ opportunity loss)/cost to implement
  • Involve most of the stakeholders/all critical stakeholders/stakeholder representation from most of the groups/units to prioritize the requirements.
  • Arrive at the value index with inputs from these stakeholders.
  • Prioritize requirements using this value index.
  • Publish the list of requirements as per the decision based on the value to all the concerned stakeholders and users involved.
  • Consider the MOSCOW matrix also for prioritization of requirements –

M – Must have

S – Should have

C – Could have

W – Won’t have

To conclude, prioritization may be challenging but it is not something you can avoid.

So the next time you prioritize requirements, keep these simple yet effective tips handy!

AUTHOR DETAILS

Ananya Pani

I am an entrepreneur, co-founder of Adaptive US, building my brand to be a global name in the Business Analysis domain. My mission is to help business analysts to build a successful professional career. 

ananya.pani@adaptiveus.com

About Adaptive US

As a Premier Endorsed Education Provider (EEP) for the IIBAAdaptive US, helps professionals to prepare for and succeed in their certification exams. Adaptive US is one of the market leaders when it comes to BA online training in ECBACCBAAAC, and CBAP and also gives the option of success guarantee where without paying an extra penny you can undergo the training all over again if you fail. For more details about plans and registration, you can visit the Workshop Calendar.

 

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