Collect requirements is a process that determines as well as documents and manages the needs and requirements of the stakeholders to meet the objectives of the project management tasks. This documentation is very important as it provides the basis for defining as well as managing the scope of the project.
The document for the collect requirements contains details about the requirements that are needed to satisfy not only the stakeholders but also the project itself. This is considered as a key documentation from which the budget, schedule, quality specifications, risks and resources plans are based on.
Organizations categorize requirements into different types which include business, solution, stakeholders, transition and quality requirements to name a few. The success of the project is heavily influenced by the stakeholder’s involvement in determining, documenting and managing requirements. The requirements may include conditions and skills that should qualify the needs of the project. In fact, the requirements are the foundation of the work breakdown structure (WBS) and project managers will definitely find it difficult to work on a particular project without such document because they won’t have anything to work on.
This project management term is defined in the 5th edition of the PMBOK.