The Requirements Elicitation Pyramid – A Theory of Requirements Evolution

© 2021 by IJCTT Journal
Volume-69 Issue-11
Year of Publication : 2021
Authors : Ashish Adike
DOI :  10.14445/22312803/IJCTT-V69I11P106

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Ashish Adike, "The Requirements Elicitation Pyramid – A Theory of Requirements Evolution," International Journal of Computer Trends and Technology, vol. 69, no. 11, pp. 37-39, 2021. Crossref,

Business Analysis is the process of understanding complex business requirements and transforming them into a User-friendly solution. To meet the increasing needs of Business, there has been an evolution of technologies like Predictive Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Machine Learning, etc. This paper presents the evolution of Business needs over time-based on technology trends and correlates the same to the level of requirements elicitation to be performed in a given Project. It also draws an Analogy to basic Maslow’s theory of human needs (although there have been some developments to the theory lately) and compares it to the evolution of business needs and the role of Business Analysis at each stage. The 5 evolving stages of requirements are Data Capture and automation (bottom of the Pyramid), Security, Integration, User Experience, and Analytics (top of the Pyramid). As we progress from bottom to top of the pyramid, the responsibility of Business Analysis to make recommendations to elicit the requirements from the user`s increases.

Requirements Gathering, Requirements Gathering, Pyramid of Requirements, Business Analysis.


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