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Business Analysis
Writing and Managing Requirements Documents
Creating the Acceptable, Approvable Requirements Document
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Course No.:
2 Days
Credits: 14 PDUs  •  1.4 CEUs
14 PD Hours  •  14 CDUs
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Course No.:
Four 3-hour sessions
Credits: 12 PDUs  •  1.2 CEUs
12 PD Hours  •  12 CDUs

No prerequisites: this course is suitable for both novices and experienced people who need to produce requirements documents for development.

Note: The Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK®) is a useful accompaniment to this course. Prior to taking the course we recommend that you download a copy of the BABOK® from

Course Level: Basic/Intermediate
This course is part of IIL’s Business Analysis Certificate Program (BACP), a comprehensive program designed to provide the core skills, knowledge and hands-on experience needed to succeed as a Business Analyst in today’s global marketplace. Learn more about the BACP.
Getting Started

About the Program
Once a business analyst has completed the information gathering and analysis to produce the solution to a business problem, the results must be documented for all stakeholders to see and understand. This course will enhance the skill set needed for writing and managing the complex readership that business analysts interact with on a day-to-day basis.

Who Should Attend
It is important for you to attend if you: 

  • Work as a business analyst
  • Define and manage requirements through the development life cycle
  • Prepare requirements documents for development

Performance Focus

  • Business analysis
  • Defining solutions to business problems
  • Selecting an audience for written communication
  • Requirements writing guidelines
  • Writing clear, precise, unambiguous requirements
  • Managing the requirements document through the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC)

What You Will Learn 
You will learn how to:

  • Write an understood requirements document that is approvable and acceptable
  • Validate a requirements document
  • Manage the changes to requirements documents through the SDLC

Course Overview

  • Introductions
  • Course structure
  • Course goals and objectives

Foundation Concepts

  • The role of the Business Analyst
  • The IIBA®’s A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide)

Knowledge Areas

  • The Business Analyst and the product/ project life cycle
  • The requirements documentation process

Planning for Effective Requirements Documentation

  • Overview of requirements documentation planning
  • Establishing a common language
  • Determining best practices for producing well-formed requirements
  • Producing good and valid requirements

Writing Effective Requirements Documents

  • Overview of writing requirements documents
  • Using a standard structure / template
  • Applying formatting techniques
  • Meeting the challenge of writing non-functional requirements

Baselining Requirements Documents

  • Overview of the requirements baseline process
  • Verifying requirements
  • Validating requirements
  • Approving requirements

Managing Requirements Change through the Product Life Cycle

  • Overview of requirements change management
  • Establishing a formal change management process
  • Tracing requirements through design and development (build, test and implement)
  • Following through to post-implementation (transition and early production)


  • What did we learn, and how can we implement this in our work environments?
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