Keys to Great Requirements Meetings and User Story Workshops

What You Need to Know about Collaboration in Requirements Elicitation and User Story Conversations
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Contrast virtual vs. in-person collaboration in defining features, functions, user stories, and requirements
Distinguish types of collaborative meetings / workshops to define business needs
Defend the need for dealing with distractions and difficult people as a leadership challenge
List soft skills and techniques required to plan, prepare, and facilitate user story or requirements conversations
Encourage collaboration in your work environment to increase productivity and satisfaction


  • A desire to improve your knowledge of and ability to collaborate with others


You Need both Soft Skills and Hard Skills to Engage Productively in Business Conversations

Understanding how collaboration works will help you shine in virtual and in-person meetings whether you are a leader or contributor. We examine the benefits of working collaboratively to define business needs, what makes collaboration work, and how to make sure it works well. To learn how to integrate the techniques that will help you facilitate requirements workshops and engage in collaborative conversations, we recommend our 3+ hour course “Lead and Contribute to Collaborative Meetings and Workshops“.


We share insights with you about how collaboration contributes to generating better outcomes in requirements meetings and workshops. This course is about what collaboration is, with a few ideas about the when, and a lot about the why you need it now. This is a management overview course of our HOW-TO course "Lead and Contribute to Collaborative Meetings and Workshops" that is also available on Udemy.


Collaboration: The Secret to Creative Thinking

Collaboration is when two or more people work together to solve a problem or accomplish a task. Research has shown that when people collaborate, projects are completed faster and more efficiently. Collaborative work is also less stressful than working alone. Working together with other professionals can help come up with new ideas, which are almost always better than the ones suggested by one person alone.

Collaboration is important because it increases the chance of identifying the right requirements that are needed to meet the business objectives by making sure all stakeholders are involved in identifying needs and wants for their respective areas.



This is not a how-to course. Because this is a free course introductory course, Udemy does not offer certificates. For that reason, we do not include quizzes as those make students justifiably think they will get a certificate at the end.

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone involved in eliciting, defining, writing, communicating, analyzing, or understanding requirements for projects that include Data Science, Machine Learning, or Artificial Intelligence components including (but not limited to):
  • Business Analysts
  • Systems Analysts
  • Product Owners
  • Product Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Executives


BA-EXPERTS: Business Analysis for Anyone Wearing the BA Hat
Tom and Angela Hathaway
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  • 78,347 Students
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Angela and Tom Hathaway of BA-EXPERTS (previously Hathaway & Associates, Inc.  and Requirements Solutions Group, LLC) have been in business analysis and UX (User Experience) design for over 30 years. Their expertise spans information technology, methodologies, and innumerable applications in every industry for organizations from Mom-and-Pop shops to Fortune 100 companies and government agencies. In their writings and lectures they strive for enlightening while entertaining.

They have taught many thousands of students around the world and facilitated hundreds of requirements discovery sessions under a variety of acronyms (JAD, ASAP, JADr, JRP, etc).  In recent years, they have focused their attention on human-machine communication, in particular how to improve the use of Chatbots.

Current and past customers include TIAA-CREF (Financial), Cathay Pacific, Emirates Airlines (Transportation), Manitoba Telecom Services (Telecommunications), Honeywell (Manufacturing), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Hospitality), numerous government agencies, and a myriad of other organizations.

Tom and Angela's training, consulting, and mentoring efforts have saved their customers around the world millions of dollars. They can help your organization evolve and improve your conversational user interface, business analysis, and UX Design practices.

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