Writing Better Requirements Course

Description: The majority of project failures blame the requirements process so it’s no wonder that writing good requirements is complicated and harder than what most people think.  If it were that simple, wouldn’t we have mastered it decades ago?  There are a lot of tools, methodologies and even templates that seem to promise great requirements.  The real truth is that they only assist with storage and communication and the actual writing relies on you.  This course will explore how you can create well-formed, high-quality requirements that will ensure all stakeholders clearly understand what the solution is intended to do.  Whether you are new to business analysis or have been doing it a while, you are sure to learn some new techniques and approaches to writing great requirements.

Length: 1-Day

CDU/PDU: Earn 7 CDU/PDU for both IIBA and PMI certification

Perquisites: None

Intended Audience: Anyone that works with requirements and needs to understand how to write, document and communicate them effectively.


  • Understand why well written requirements are important

  • Understand different styles of requirements writing both classic and modern

  • How to write well written requirements

  • Understand how to simplify requirements

  • How to tell when you have enough requirements

  • How to group requirements for maximum clarity

  • Understand typical mistakes made in requirements writing

  • How to fix poorly written requirements

Course Topics

  • Why document requirements?

  • What makes up a good requirement?

  • How many ways to write requirements are there?

  • Classic styles of requirements writing

  • Modern styles of requirements writing

  • Techniques to simplify requirements

  • Criteria for well-formed requirements

  • Functional decomposition for grouping requirements

  • What are the barriers to writing great requirements?

  • What are the mistakes most people make in writing requirements?

  • How to fix poor requirements


Upcoming Instructor Led Dates: This course is delivered virtually online or in public classrooms. The delivery method is displayed below each scheduled date.

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The Uncommon League is an IIBA Endorsed Education Provider.  This course is aligned with the BABOK 3.0.

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Jennifer Battan

Jennifer Battan

Public Course Instructor - Jennifer Battan, the Out of the Box BA, has an energetic passion injecting innovation and creative problem solving techniques into how BAs do their day to day work. Her passion is helping teams apply the art and science of business analysis techniques with fresh, modern perspectives.  Jen is an internationally recognized conference speaker, educator and thought leader within the business analysis and creative problem solving communities. She served on her local IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysis) Chapter board as President and various roles for more than seven years, and led a content development and writing team for the Guide to the IIBA Body of Knowledge.  Jen has been a passionate volunteer with the Minnesota Destination Imagination Affiliate for more than 18 years, serving as an Appraiser, Regional Challenge Master, and Volunteer Dissector (Challenge Editor) inspiring today's learners to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st century skills and creativity.

Bob Prentiss

Bob Prentiss

Enterprise Solutions Instructor - Bob Prentiss is our fearless leader and innovator. Bob is passionate about helping you think, learn and work differently. Bob is an awesome trainer, speaker, mentor, coach, and author. Collector of all things dragon related and Dr. Who fan. Bob is CBAP certified with 25+ years of experience in corporate America; with a background in managing BA centers of excellence, assessing and managing BA maturity, quality, and competency. Bob is an award winning curriculum developer. Bob has presented numerous keynote, workshops, seminars, conferences, and training sessions across North America. Bob is a founding member and past President of the IIBA MSP Chapter.