Manage Requirements in an Agile Environment

Agile and requirements management are complementary, not competitors.


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A failure to find balance between Agile and requirements management can bring significant financial and non-financial impacts.

  • Spending time, money, and effort reworking requirements that don’t quite satisfy your stakeholders.
  • Confusion between various lines of business, or silos of the organization as to what is the “right” approach.
  • A never ending cycle of poor requirements resulting in poor solutions and severely dissatisfied stakeholders.

Aligning your Agile and Requirements Management practices can deliver incredible business value.

  • Improving team alignment and satisfaction.
  • Clearly defining roles for project team members.
  • Delivering solutions to your business partners that add value.
  • Ensuring your documentation is just enough to enable work, now, and in the future.

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Module 1: Framing Agile and Business Analysis

The Purpose

Sets the context for the organization, to ensure a shared understanding of the benefits of both Agile and business analysis/requirements management.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Have a shared definition of Agile and business analysis / requirements.
  • Understand the current state of Agile and business analysis in your organization.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Define what Agile and business analysis mean in your organization.
  • Alignment on Agile and business analysis / requirements in your organization.
1.2 Agile requirements assessment.
  • A current and target state assessment of Agile and business analysis in your organization.

Module 2: Tailoring Your Approach

The Purpose

Confirm you’re going the right way for effective solution delivery.

Key Benefits Achieved

Confirm the appropriate delivery methodology.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Confirm your selected methodology.
  • Confidence in your selected project delivery methodology.

Module 3: Defining Your Requirements Thresholds

The Purpose

Provides the guardrails for your Agile requirements practice, to define a high-level process, roles and responsibilities, governance and decision-making, and how to deal with change.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Clearly defined interactions between the BA and their partners
  • Define a plan for management and governance at the project team level
Documentation and tactics that are right-sized for the need

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Define your agile requirements process.
  • Agile requirements process.
3.2 Define your agile requirements RACI.
  • Agile requirements RACI.
3.3 Define your governance.
  • A governance and documentation plan.
3.4 Define your change and backlog refinement plan.
  • A change and backlog refinement approach.

Module 4: Planning Your Next Steps

The Purpose

Provides the action plan to achieve your target state maturity

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Recognize and prepare for the new ways of working for communication, stakeholder engagement, within the team, and across the organization.
  • Establish a roadmap for next steps to mature your Agile requirements practice.

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Define your stakeholder communication plan.
  • A stakeholder communication plan.
4.2 Identify your capability gaps.
  • A list of capability gaps to achieve your desired target state.
4.3 Plan your agile requirements roadmap.
  • A prioritized roadmap to achieve the target state.

Module 5: Agile Requirements Techniques (Optional)

The Purpose

To provide practical guidance on technique usage, which can enable an improved experience with technical elements of the blueprint.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • An opportunity to learn new tools to support your Agile requirements practice.

Activities: Outputs:
5.1 Managing requirements' traceability.
  • Support and advice for leveraging a given tool or technique.
5.2 Creating and managing user stories.
  • Support and advice for leveraging a given tool or technique.
5.3 Managing your requirements backlog.
  • Support and advice for leveraging a given tool or technique.
5.4 Maintaining a requirements library.
  • Support and advice for leveraging a given tool or technique.
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