Detailed tips and a step-by-step guide to planning a requirements workshop designed to elicit and understand a specific set of requirements. Includes extensive suggestions on planning and conducting the workshop and post-meeting follow-up, along with a sample agenda and general meeting facilitation tips.
What this is
A requirements workshop is a focused session, usually lasting from a couple of hours to a couple of days, during which a set of stakeholders or subject matter experts are assembled to help elicit and understand a specific set of requirements. Traditionally, the Business Analyst (or a project manager acting in that capacity) conducts requirements workshops during the planning or early execution phases of a project to help elicit detailed requirements. Requirements workshops may also occur later in the project lifecycle to help identify and solve problems, prioritize requirements, and evaluate solutions. This planning guide will help you plan for the key components needed to run a successful requirements workshop.
Why it's useful
A requirements workshop requires planning and preparation, along with good meeting facilitation skills. The most successful requirements workshops are well planned: they include clear and deliberate opening and closing activities; they include carefully selected exercises, discussions, and activities to elicit and model the requirements; and they are facilitated with the right balance of flexibility and diligence. This guide provides tips to help you think through these important aspects of a requirements workshop.
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