Requirements Gathering for Project Managers and Team Members
6 PDUs / contact hours
Many projects start with a scant, high-level list of requirements. And then — somewhere in the middle of the project — someone realizes there is something we didn’t know but should have. Suddenly the project is derailed. Tasks are added to the project, and the schedule slips. Gathering requirements as an up-front activity only goes so far.
The most successful projects have replaced the requirements gathering activity with four core activities: form a hypothesis, test the hypotheses, select the best option, and bullet-proof the solution. This requirement gathering strategy prevents us having to have all the answers up front. Refining the solution is often what leads to fully meeting the project’s outcomes.
This process may seem counter intuitive when our schedule is already aggressive. But imagine how much time can be saved because our solution does not need major adjustments along the way and because everyone is on the same page about the why and the what.
By including validation points throughout the project, instead of a single requirements gathering activity up front, practically every other activity on the schedule goes more smoothly. In a weird quirk of project reality, we end up saving time by spending time. Most importantly, we end up with a solution that uses real requirements to create satisfied stakeholders.
Prerequisites: participants must have taken the Comprehensive Project Management Basics workshop (formerly titled Project Management) or equivalent.
This workshop is recognized by the Project Management Institute (PMI)® and as such will provide 6 PDUs (Professional Development Units) / contact hours towards attaining or maintaining the Project Management Professional (PMP)® designation.
Professional Development Units are allocated according to the number of training hours completed by the student and may be granted by increments of 0.25 PDU for each 15 minutes of training. A participation certificate will be given to students who attend a minimum of 90% of the course.
- 10 Rules for Successful Requirements Gathering
- Drafting a statement of requirements
- Common requirements gathering mistakes and how to fix them
- Managing stakeholder involvement
- Requirements mapping and analysis
- Requirements management
- Delayed requirements
- Collecting requirements from executives
- Anyone involved in the definition of the project scope, the project solution, or both
Francine Durivage is a bilingual Performance Enhancement Specialist with over 20 years of experience. She has worked internationally helping organizations and governments redefine and refine their high impact objectives and delivery. Francine holds a MPM (Master of Project Management), an MCOD (Master Certificate in Organizational Development) and a B.A. in Psychology. Her energy and effective leadership enable her to strategically address the needs of today's managers in a practical and engaging way.
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