Requirements Management Knowledge Center of Excellence
Good requirements management ensures benefits realization
As the global environment becomes more complex, the pressure is on to deliver the right results. You can't afford failures caused by poor or inaccurate requirements.
Poor requirements management is a major cause of project failure, second only to changing organization priorities.
Source: PMI 2014 Pulse of the Profession® study.
However, our latest Pulse of the Profession® research has some startling findings for organizations:
- Only 49 percent have the resources in place to do requirements management properly;
- Only one-third say that their leadership values requirements management as a critical competency for projects and strategic initiatives; and
- 53 percent fail to use a formal process to validate requirements in an unbiased way.
When properly implemented and supported, the critical competency of managing requirements enables you to exceed stakeholder expectations, improve performance, meet expected project benefits and achieve tangible business outcomes.
Use the resources in the Knowledge Center to improve your requirements management capabilities and maturity, and your project or program success.
Resources on requirements management
A survey of practitioners from around the world reveals that organizations waste US$51 million for every US$1 billion spent on projects and programs due to poor requirements management.
By changing their culture to one that values effective requirements management — and has the people and processes to support it — organizations can slow the trend towards failed projects and lost revenue.
By Victoria Cupet, Michael Frenette, Salah Haswah, Thea Hughes, and Leandro Mingoti
Although requirements define the desired state of the organizational change, they are themselves subject to change. Regardless of the whether a project is using a traditional or adaptive framework, controlling changes through established processes is necessary. Learn about four steps to create a common vision and get the necessary commitment and compliance from the involved stakeholders.
This article from Knowledge Shelf by Nandita (Nita) Kanjirath, PMP, explores the blind spots on the road to requirements engineering that can derail projects and may go unnoticed until it’s too late to recover. Explore some of the common mistakes made during project execution as well as approaches on how to avoid them.
This guide teaches you how to apply use cases to capture a set of requirements and drive the incremental development of a system to fulfill them. Developed by Ivar Jacobson International, SA
Project requirements management takes a strategic mind-set and strong communication skills. Explore the tools and approaches that can help guide better requirements management practices in this article from the October 2013 issue of PM Network®.
We asked four credential holders from around the globe: How is eliciting requirements important to the overall project process? What are some key things to keep in mind when eliciting requirements? Read what they had to say (from September 2013 Credential Passport.)
Requirements management resource library
Explore PMI’s extensive resources on requirements management, including Congress papers, white papers, case studies and articles by experts in the field. Complimentary downloads for PMI members.