A solid business requirements document (BRD) is the cornerstone of a project’s success. The BRD outlines the issues the project is attempting to address and the necessary results to produce value. The business requirement document, when created correctly, guides the project and keeps everyone on the same page. However, the business requirements documentation can become chaotic and confusing, swiftly derailing a project. Follow the guidelines below for crafting the ideal business requirements document to prevent project creep and guarantee that your team provides the proper value. Jillian Koskie at IT Business Edge discusses tips for writing a perfect business requirements document in this article.
What is the Business Requirements Document (BRD)?
The BRD includes:
The user’s needs and expectationsThe reason for deploying the productAny high-level constraints that may affect the success of the project
A BRD acts as a guide for stakeholders to ensure that the project aligns with the company’s overall goals by setting priorities, designing, and structuring it appropriately. Additionally, it defines the deliverables and expectations for the project between the customer and the vendor. The BRD defines the criteria for determining the success of a project.
Essential Elements of BRD
The business requirements document is created before a project starts and is edited frequently. You must track the BRD changes diligently.This high-level statement summarizes the project requirements and outlines the rest of the document, even though it appears first in the BRD.This provides a detailed description of the project goals and objectives (SMART-specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound).The needs statement can be considered a reason intended to persuade stakeholders to support the project and inspire the project team.The detailed project scope will help define the scope of the work.
Additionally, the important elements discussed include stakeholder analysis, financial statements, cost-benefit analysis, schedule, timeline, milestones, and functional and non-functional requirements.
Furthermore, the author shares business requirements document tips, limitations, and benefits.
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