Requirements analysis

Requirements analysis consists of determining the requirements of the stakeholders you are creating the information for. In a typical business context, stakeholders will include management within your organisation, subject matter experts and the users of the information.

Requirements analysis includes:

  • understanding the needs of the business and other stakeholders
  • determining the needs of the audience
  • understanding the objectives of the client or commissioner of the writing
  • using your professional knowledge and experience to add value to an existing client brief.

This involves:

  • interviewing the stakeholders
  • performing any required background research
  • documenting the requirements
  • organising review and signoff by the stakeholders.

The results of your analysis are then recorded in an information plan.

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