Project Analysis - What needs to be done, how will I know when it is done?

Analysis is a discovery process where you continuously collect and digest information with the purpose of achieving true understanding of the requirements. Analysis activities are focused on rapid requirement validation and on generating functional specifications. The key outputs of analysis is answers to the following questions:

  • What needs to be done?
  • Why does it need to be done?
  • What is the expected benefit when it is done?
  • How do we know we have done it?

The sources for the analysis can be a written requirements statement, a formal vision document, interviews with stakeholders or other interested parties. The output of the analysis depends a great deal on the type of project that is being undertaken. Analysis activities include:

  • Following up on information requirements
  • Conducting clarification meetings and reviews
  • Facilitating functional specification sessions
  • Creating functional specifications
  • Developing business case for project