Successful projects start with a clear destination.
Before we get started on a project, our goal is to capture the essence of it and document it to ensure its success. That’s where the concept of formulating a business requirements document comes in!
Writing a business requirements document (BRD) is essential for any successful project and we have found that it goes a long way in ensuring that a collaboration is successful. A well-constructed Business Requirement Document looks at the project from a high level and it puts into words the strategies and specific business needs that drive the project as a whole. Through clear, concise writing and visuals, it can play a huge role in helping not only our project developers and managers but also our stakeholders to see where the project's requirements fit in.
Writing a sound business requirements document (BRD) is challenging, and it is the first step we follow to kick off any development project that we undertake on the right track. In this blog, we will explore best practices on how to write a successful business requirements document and how we have been doing it at GeekyAnts to deliver great applications.
Why is it important to create a Business Requirements Document for business analysis?
A business requirements document (BRD) in business analysis has many different components and they comprise the big picture of a project's deliverables, deadlines and budget when put together. A BRD helps stakeholders and potential clients understand what we're trying to accomplish with our work, which in turn keeps everyone involved in the project focused on its end goal.
From our experience of working on various projects to deliver great apps, we have observed that not documenting the requirements causes the development to get off track. It is pretty easy for requirements to become unclear and disorganized, which can easily send the project on a downward spiral.
A business requirements document in business analysis helps us to define what a project is supposed to do. While not as technical as a project proposal, it does require a ton of research and careful analysis of our stakeholders’ needs.
People with clear, written goals accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them can imagine. -Brian Tracy
What do we include in a business requirements document?
Here are some of the elements a business requirement document should include:
- The BRD is a great place to include the objective of the project and it plays a huge role in helping all stakeholders to understand where the project is headed and what the end goal is.
- Apart from this, our account managers also chart down the scope of the project and what it entails. This could include details like user flows, the product pages to be included, design wireframes and flows, etc.
- Once this is done, the next step we take is to identify the potential stakeholders and this step can include both internal and external parties.
- It is also important to figure out the financial particulars and include them in the BRD. This plays a huge role in helping us to cut down on costs and execute the project in a timely and cost-effective manner.
What is a Business Requirements Document (BRD) and what makes it great?
At GeekyAnts, we have expert business analysts who work with our client partners with what they need and ensure that the project's scope and mission are well defined. This is generally done by understanding the partner's goal for the project, and we do this by communicating effectively with the client and jotting down their requirements; whether it is by conducting interviews or sending surveys. It is also vital that conditions do not conflict and are effectively defined before the required features are implemented into the project.
Business requirements are often organized into user stories that are then broken down into tasks. We typically write business requirements documents using a template that lists a few questions we ask the users about their thoughts on the product experience. These questions can be answered by writing down business requirements by considering the nature of the project and checking them off as we go. This makes it easier to navigate through the development of a project and refer back to later on. We ensure that the business requirement documents that we create are high-level, detail-oriented, and written from the client's perspective.
As a business owner, it's critical to communicate with stakeholders so that both parties are aware of a project's goals, and this, in turn, can help everyone involved to understand what they need to do to help them reach it. A business requirements document is an important tool that has helped us to effectively communicate with our team and the people who are trusting us to be their tech partners. It gives us an excellent opportunity to explain what exactly the project is all about, share ideas and opinions, and perhaps even put forth some strategies on how best to execute the project.
This is a short read on how we understand our partner’s needs and ensure that the digital products that we build are up to the mark and following industry standards.