Detailing Business Data Requirements Training Course

This course teaches business analysis techniques for eliciting, analysing, and documenting data requirements to both new and experienced practitioners.
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3 days


Understanding and documenting business data requirements is a critical component in defining complete requirements. Eliciting information needs often uncovers additional processes and business rules. Every business process uses data and almost all business rules are enforced by data. Missing a critical piece of data or incorrectly defining a data element contributes to the majority of maintenance problems and results in systems that do not reflect the business needs. This course teaches students an in-depth approach to data modeling: identifying and defining all necessary data components using both textual templates and an entity relationship diagram.

This course teaches business analysis techniques for eliciting, analysing, and documenting data requirements to both new and experienced practitioners. Students will be given data templates with a suggested documentation structure for defining Business Data Requirements. It supports and expands on the techniques in the IIBA BABOK® Guide V2.0. Mentor-led workshops require students to practice the techniques as they learn. Students are encouraged to bring their own projects to class.

Even if your organisation has a data administrator or data warehouse team who is responsible for documenting and managing the organisation’s information needs, every project uses a subset of that enterprise information in its own unique way. Business analysts must understand the importance of data in all of their projects and include data requirements in their business requirements documentation. Failing to document which data elements need to be used in a calculation, or displayed on a report, leaves the developer the responsibility of choosing the correct pieces of business data from hundreds if not thousands of available fields. These missing requirements often lead to expensive and lengthy project delays during the testing phase. “… the data sees the big picture, while the various people and machines and organisations that work on the data see only a portion of what happens. As you go about doing a Structured Analysis, you will find yourself more and more frequently attaching yourself to the data and following it through the operation. I think of this as “interviewing the data.”‘ It is usually more productive than any other single interview.” Tom DeMarco

Skills Taught

In this course students will learn to:

  • Identify core data requirements beginning with project initiation
  • Identify excellent data requirements at the appropriate level of detail
  • Detail the data requirements (using a data dictionary and data model)
  • Detail complex data related business rules
  • Assist with the transition of business data to database design
  • Utilise easy normalisation techniques (without all the mathematical theory)
  • Validate data requirements with activity (process or use case) requirements

This class is a part of the B2T Training Business Analyst Certification Program. For more information on this program, please refer to our comprehensive Business Analysis Catalogue.

Intended Audience

This course is designed for business analysts, systems analysts, data administrators, database administrators, or any other project team member involved with business analysis. This course may also be appropriate for individuals who manage business analysts or those who work with the Business Requirements Document and need a more in-depth understanding of the process and documentation.


We recommend that students first attend our Essential Skills for Business Analysis™ class or have experience in project scope definition, gathering requirements from subject matter experts, and understand how business requirements fit into the entire systems development effort.

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