Requirement Elicitation Techniques

A step-by-step guide

Executive Summary

Requirements elicitation is a structured and detailed method for determining all relevant stakeholders’ definitions of “better.” Requirement elicitation is more than simply asking “what are the most important features in product X?”. Stakeholders frequently have ideas, wants, or needs floating in the back of their minds, but these may not be clear, even to themselves. So, it’s the job of the requirements elicitor to draw these out of the stakeholders and help them articulate their vision, as well as their understanding of the product.

Throughout the elicitation process, it’s important to keep in mind that the final requirements need to be clear, concise, and compliant. For example, avoid the use of vague or ambiguous terminology. This will become more important as the requirements mature, but clear communication from the start will prevent wasted time and confusion later.

In this guide, we provide a step-by-step process for enhanced requirements elicitation.

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