This article provides an overview and summary of the COBIT 5 process Manage Requirements Definition, which is part of the Management – build (Build, Acquire, Implement) domain.
The purpose of this COBIT 5 process is to identify solutions and analyse requirements before acquisition or creation to ensure that they are feasible and in line with the organisation strategic requirements.
The following sub-governance processes are further supported by a list of control activities:
- Define and maintain organisation functional and technical requirements. Based on the organisation case, identify, prioritise, specify and agree on organisation information, functional, technical and control requirements covering the scope/understanding of all IT initiatives.
- Perform a feasibility study and formulate alternative solutions. Perform a feasibility study of potential alternative solutions, assess their viability and select the best option.
- Manage requirements risk. Identify, document, prioritise and mitigate functional, technical risks of proposed solutions.
- Obtain approval of requirements and solutions. Ensure feedback and sign-off from key stakeholders and organisation sponsors on functional and technical requirements, feasibility studies, risk analyses and recommended solutions.
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