Defining and Managing Requirements using
Agile, Waterfall, or Hybrid Life Cycles

Req. Mgmt.

By Elizabeth Larson, PMP, CBAP and
Richard Larson, PMP, CBAP

  • Step-by-step practical approach
  • Critical sucess factors
  • 100+ tips, pointers, diagrams, and tables
  • 40-page+ realistic case study
  • 14+ worksheets and templates explained and available for download

Requirements Management Training

The Second Edition of the Practitioner's Guide to Requirements Management by Elizabeth Larson and Richard Larson is now available in both paperback and eReader editions! Get the book used in Watermark’s training course, Planning and Managing Requirements.

Planning of requirements activities is essential for success, regardless of the project life cycle followed. The second edition of this realistic guide offers a step-by-step approach, and explains how to manage requirements without creating a mountain of paperwork. Requirements management can work with any life cycle approach, and we have expanded the book with more coverage of Agile methods. It contains a handy 40-page realistic case study to help apply the concepts.

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Why you need this book:

Not only does this book list the essential steps for you, it also provides:

  • Templates and worksheets to help you get started with managing requirements
  • Practical techniques for defining “manageable” requirements
  • Concise definitions of key terms
  • Tips, hints, and techniques for structuring and implementing your requirements
    management plan using any life cycle
  • A realistic case study to help make the concepts come alive


“This book simply put is an outstanding resource on business analysis requirement management planning and beyond. This book really helped me prioritize the sequence of events for the requirements gathering phase and the business analysis workflow. It provides extensive information on the topics that a Business Analyst needs to be successful.”
--Amazon Reviewer

"Requirements Management by Elizabeth Larson and Richard Larson is one of those books that after reading is not put back to the shelf, but which will get a special place on your desktop or become a companion while on the go. This is mainly due to the practical approach that the Larsons have chosen. One feels that the book is written by practitioners and supported by their experience. The book focuses on the planning process for requirements management and puts requirements themselves in focus. This book emphasizes that business analysis can never be separated from project management, and the integration of both disciplines leads to better project performance. The book also emphasizes that the cooperation of project managers and business analysts should be planned and agreed upon." 
--Rainer Wendt, PMP, CBAP

“Just picked this up at the BBC IIBA conference and immediately started reading it that evening. Very clear writing for all levels...and I especially appreciated the handling of the common confusion around requirement types including business & solution, functional & non-functional etc. Good job guys!” --Amazon Reviewer

About the Authors

Elizabeth Larson, PMP, CBAP and Richard Larson, PMP, CBAP are Co-Principals of Watermark Learning, a globally recognized business analysis and project management training company. For over 20 years, they have used their extensive experience in both business analysis and project management to help BA and PM practitioners develop new skills. Elizabeth and Richard contributed to the PMBOK® Guide Fourth and Fifth Editions and the BABOK® Guide. They have presented workshops, seminars, and training classes on 5 different continents. Each author is a repeat speaker at Project Management Institute (PMI®) North American, European, and Asia-Pacific Congresses, and at Business Analyst World conferences around North America and India. They are both award-winning members of the Minnesota chapter of PMI and founding members of two IIBA® chapters.

Table of Contents, 2nd Edition

Chapter 1: Introduction to Requirements Management

Chapter 2: Requirements Overview

Chaper 3: Stakeholder Relationship Management Planning

Chapter 4: Requirements Management Planning

Chapter 5: Scope Planning

Chapter 6: Estimating the Business Analysis Effort

Chapter 7: Documenting Requirements

Chapter 8: Business Analysis Communications Planning

Chapter 9: Business Analysis Risk Planning

Chapter 10: Business Analysis Performance Reporting Planning

Chapter 11: Managing Changes

Appendix A: Case Study

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