Mike Frenette- Lack of Good Requirements Management is the Largest Single Cause of Project Failure
Lack of good requirements management is the largest single cause of project failure. Requirements must be elicited, analyzed, documented, confirmed, modeled, and tracked. PMI recently released two guides related to this: Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide and most recently Requirements Management – a Practice Guide. Requirements Management is about establishing a baseline and then ensuring it is traced (did the project implement everything it was supposed to?), managed through change control (if anything changed from the baseline, was it done in a controlled and approved way?), and configuration management (did the desired product, service or result of the project change, and if so, were the requirements related to the change appropriately captured into a new baseline?). Requirements Development involves eliciting and identifying requirements, planning, analysis, documenting, specifying requirements and the necessary validation and verification. Pertinent activities include Needs Assessment, Requirements Management Planning, Requirements Elicitation, Requirements Analysis, Requirements Monitoring and Controlling, Solution Evaluation and Project/Phase Closure. This presentation will take a look at what is in the new Requirements Management Practice Guide from PMI and how using it as a framework on your projects will increase success levels.
Audience – Project managers and anyone on project teams dealing with requirements.
BIO: Mike Frenette is a principal project manager with Sierra Systems, an IT consulting firm headquartered in Vancouver specializing in systems integration, management consulting and application managed services. He has filled many technical IT and management roles over the years in the utility, energy and manufacturing industries as both an employee and a consultant. His most recent areas of focus include Agile methodologies, enterprise project management, virtual communities and business process change. Mike served for over a dozen years with CIPS and PMI, including stints as president of both CIPS Nova Scotia and PMI Nova Scotia. He also led PMI Global’s Technology Member Advisory Group and managed the PMI’s Requirements Management Community of Practice which grew to over 8,000 members globally in just ten months before rolling into PMI’s ProjectManagement.com integrated community. Mike is now a member of PMI’s Social Media Advisory Group. Mike graduated from NSCC’s IT program and is certified as an Information Systems Professional (CIPS), CMC (Canadian Association of Management Consultants), PMP (Project Management Institute) and is an MCITP in MS Project (Microsoft).