Latest "Project Requirements" Posts

Requirements Characterization Checklist – 10 Essential Questions

Requirements Characterization Checklist – 10 Essential Questions

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This is not true for requirements when it comes to determining if they are characterized properly. Inadequately characterized requirements are a primary driver for increased project costs, schedule delays, unnecessary risks and ultimately project failure through inadequately met customer expectations.

Here are ten essential questions that will allow you to determine proper requirements characterization.

If there is not a good answer to one of the questions, then there is work required to resolve the discrepancy. Unfortunately, not performing or delaying this work for proper requirements characterization is common, especially when you have most of the information or what others deem adequate. The project then proceeds in the absence of this requirements characterization information and the only thing surprising about the future problems this lack of information creates is the fact that people are surprised.

Posted by Dr. James Brown in accountability, Project Requirements.