Business Requirements Document for Beginner Business Analyst
What you'll learn
- Students will learn to document 100% of the most critical fields of a Business Requirements Document.
- Students will be able to determine the 6 key areas of any project, including a project in Information Technology.
- Students will acquire the skill to compare IT areas to parts of a house, for example
- Students will practice gathering required information for their first BRD
- A familiarity with basic Information Technology concepts/terminology is required for the course.
- Very basic English language reading and comprehension skills are also required for the course.
This is a concise course that simplifies the creation of a Business Requirements
Document (BRD) for a project in Information Technology (IT).
BRD requirements are sketched and defined in 2 steps: 1) the first step - Part One - identifies the 6 key project
areas for a project that is not IT-related; and 2) the second step - Part Two - describes the
6 required areas for a BRD in IT. The 6 required areas for a BRD in IT are as follows:
(1) SCOPE. The Business Analyst/Project Manager needs to know which features of the project
are his/her responsibility and which features are not his/her responsibility.
(2) CONSTRAINTS. For examples, constraints or limits on the project budget or required time of completion for the project.
(3) ASSUMPTIONS. This may refer to "an educated guess" - for example, assuming that testing resources will be available when parts of the project need to be tested.
4) FRONT-END TECHNOLOGIES (VISIBLE AREAS). For example, a Graphic User Interface or GUI.
(5) BACK-END TECHNOLOGIES (NON-VISIBLE AREAS), which describes technology that the user cannot see in the browser. For example, a database or server.
(6) REGULATIONS, which describes the regulatory standards that apply to the project being developed.
Colorful graphics animate the discussion, and a quiz follows each lecture. The quizzes are based on
real-life scenarios, and they facilitate the process of learning and remembering new subject matter.
In addition, a final exercise, as well as a glossary of IT-related terms, help the student produce
his/her first BRD.
At the end of the course, the student will have acquired the skills for gathering the information
required for a very professional BRD.
Who this course is for:
- Target students include the beginner Business Analyst (BA) and the professional transitioning into the role of BA.
- The course may be especially useful for the student for whom English is a relatively new second language.
- The course may be especially valuable for the student who has little experience with producing written documentation
Miriam Halberstam produced the popular Are You Confused About series in order to simplify complex business-related concepts. Her diverse teaching experience includes collegial courses in remedial English and Information Technology, and she has also worked as a trainer in the insurance industry. As a volunteer, Miriam applied her passion for teaching to developing foreign language skills in Seniors!
Raised in Canada, Miriam holds BA and MA degrees in English Literature from McGill University and Concordia University, both in Montreal.