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How To Write a Business Requirements Document (BRD)

Brenna Koeneke
Publication date:
September 21, 2022
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How To Write a Business Requirements Document (BRD)

A business requirements document (BRD) is an overview of what a business does and why it needs the project deliverable to be undertaken. It outlines the business solutions for project requirements that are necessary for the project to deliver value and becomes the foundation of the project's life cycle. The main purpose of a BRD is to show what the system will look like from a business perspective and to answer the question of what is needed for the business. It also contains a prioritized list of features and business requirements that the delivered software, product or service must provide. The project team is involved in this process to help determine how to implement the delivery of the project and fulfill what the business needs.

Business Requirements vs. Functional Requirements are both requirements, but they serve different purposes. Business Requirements explain the final results of a business goal in the project and why the organization should initiate that project.
Creating a business requirements document (BRD) is an important part of any project. It reduces the chances of misalignment with business requirements and connects the organization's business goals with the project. It also brings stakeholders and the team together and saves costs. The BRD should be broken down into seven key steps: executive summary, project objectives, project scope, and use case. The executive summary should provide an overview of the organization and the challenges facing the business, while the project objectives should define the project phases, identify solutions for the requirements of the business and the customer, gain consensus from stakeholders and the project team, and describe how you arrived at the objectives.

The project scope should define what is covered in the project and what would make it run out of scope. The most important details in this text are the business requirements, key stakeholders, project constraints, cost-benefit analysis, and ROI. Business requirements should meet both stakeholder and customer needs. Key stakeholders should be identified and assigned roles and responsibilities. Project constraints should be defined and shared with the project team.

Cost-benefit analysis should be done to determine if the costs associated with the project are worth the benefits. ROI should be calculated based on the expected return on investment.


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Brenna Koeneke
How To Write a Business Requirements Document (BRD)
September 21, 2022
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