Requirements Gathering: What Every IT Manager Needs to Know

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A strong requirements gathering process is essential for developing or purchasing the right software. Ultimately, successful performance is determined by the degree to which the software satisfies end-user needs. Requirements gathering is the process by which development or purchasing teams come to discover what the business and end users require of a new application. Poorly gathered requirements often result in software that fails to meet end-user needs and business objectives, and can lead to expensive rework, cost overruns, and missed milestones.

With a better understanding of the requirements gathering process, IT will be positioned to deliver software that fits business needs. This research note discusses:

  • The various types of requirements.
  • The fundamentals of the requirements gathering process.
  • How to avoid poor requirements.

Gain a solid background in requirements gathering to ensure that end users get the software they need.

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