On Agile projects, business representatives work alongside developers so scope unfolds as the project progresses. In this environment it is acceptable to have ambiguous requirements as the collaborative working techniques mean that clarity comes from working with and continually testing iterations of the end product until it meets the business requirements. The team is still working to reduce ambiguity on the project and define the requirements, but it’s being done in a different way to an approved scope document. They are using constant iterative development which refines the requirements in practice during the project.
On a non-Agile IT project, which will probably use a waterfall methodology, you may have lived and worked with the system details for weeks, if not longer, before handing over the requirements document to the team who will eventually build it. It’s easy to assume that as you know exactly what you mean, they will too – but this is a dangerous assumption to make.
Documenting scope is a laborious task, but it is essential to the success of your project that you get it right. That means not only including all the relevant details, but also writing it in a way that is unambiguous.
A document doesn’t give you the luxury of someone being able to see all those doodles you drew during the requirements meeting or your hand gestures explaining what the new system will be like. So you need to make sure that there is complete clarity in the document, or the customer won’t get what they want.
How to create the perfect business requirements
So where do you start with creating that perfect requirements document? Here are some tips for putting together the business requirements for your project:Click for more