Writing and Communicating Requirements

(formerly Analyzing and Validating Business Requirements)

Business analysts improve the business results of projects such as process improvement, information technology or product development. In this course, you study proven approaches used in both Waterfall and Agile management to analyze current conditions, business needs and technology enablers. Use business process analysis techniques to convert raw requirements data into a workable solution.

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This course can be applied to the following certificates:
Business Analysis Certificate
Project Management Certificate


Sally Anlin, PMP, CSM

Sally Anlin, PMP, CSM

Sally has over 20 years of experience leading teams to deliver high quality technical solutions that meet business needs. Her areas of expertise include: Building, developing and coaching high performing technology teams to meet business goals and objectives. Creating performance ... read more

Benefits and Learning Outcomes


  • Learn the key to ensuring business value is achieved through delivering the right requirements in the right way.
  • Understand the difference between various levels of requirements and why they matter
  • Learn what makes up a requirement and gain hands-on experience to right-sized requirements decomposition
  • Apply what you learn though practical application of traditional and Agile tools and techniques

Course Outline/Topics

The role of a professional BA in Analyzing and Validating Requirement

  • BABOK Relationships
  • BACCM – Core Concept Model
  • Review Analysis and Design Tasks
    • Requirement Composition
    • Define Future State
    • Prioritize
    • Specify and Model
    • Verify
    • Validate
  • Stakeholders
    • Stakeholder Analysis
    • User Personas
  • Current and Future States
    • Identifying the Environment
    • Methodologies and Life Cycles
    • Current State
    • Future State
    • Criteria for success
  • What is a Requirement?
    • Requirements Overview
    • What a Requirement is NOT
    • Common Delivery Mechanisms
    • Levels of Abstraction
    • Progressive Elaboration and Decomposition
    • Abstraction & Stakeholders
  • Types of Requirements
    • Business rules
    • Business requirements*
    • Stakeholder requirements*
    • User requirements
    • Solution requirements*
    • Functional requirements
    • Non-functional requirements
    • Transition requirements*
    • Interfaces and Constraints
  • Requirement Attributes
    • Complexity
    • Author
    • Owner
    • Source
    • Prioritization Criteria
    • Priority
    • Urgency
    • Risks
    • Stability
    • Status
    • Acceptance criteria
  • Requirement Quality
  • Poor Requirements Impact
  • Criteria of a Good Requirement
    • Necessary
    • Verifiable
    • Attainable
    • Unambiguous
    • Complete and Concise
    • Consistent
    • Traceable
    • Implementation Free (What without How)
  • Quality and Validation
  • Prioritization
  • Requirement Prioritization
    • Benefit
    • Penalty
    • Cost
    • Risk
    • Dependencies
    • Time Sensitivity
    • Stability
    • Regulatory or Policy Compliance
    • Real World Prioritization
  • Prioritization Techniques and Case Study Simulation
    • Buy Features*
    • Sticky Note Weighting
    • Prioritization Factors, Ranking, and Weighted Value
  • Validation and Verification
  • Documentation and Modeling
  • Modeling through Case Study Simulations
    • Active Listening
    • Root Cause Analysis
    • User Story
    • Use Case
    • Process Maps
    • Decision Modeling



As a prerequisite for those with little or no practical Business Analysis knowledge or experience, we recommend the Business Analyst Foundations course.


"I gained some valuable tools to help with requirement analysis, such as prioritization and quality of requirements tools. Loved the sample project used.

 "  —  Christa McCarthy, participant

"I really appreciated the instructor providing real-world examples and ideas for using the tools. She is very invested in helping students learn and has a great knowledge of the business climate in the local area."  —  class participant

All sessions are Face-to-Face unless otherwise noted.

Date: Thu-Fri, Apr 23-24

Time: 8:30am-4:30pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: Sally Anlin PMP, CSM


$845 by Thu., Apr. 9.
$895 after Thu., Apr. 9.

CEUs: 1.4, PDUs: 14, PD Hours: 14, CDUs: 14

Enrollment Limit: 24

Program Number: 5027-12047

Registration Deadline: Thu., Apr. 23

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