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INTERVIEW QUESTION:

How is the Purpose Alignment Model used to prioritize requirements?

Posted by Chris Adams

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Categories: Business Analysis, Systems Analysis, Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA), Enterprise Analysis (BABOK KA)

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The Purpose Alignment Model aids in prioritizing requirements and guiding investment decisions by rating requirements (which may be capabilities, processes or tasks) along two dimensions:

  • whether it creates market differentiation or contributes to the value proposition
  • whether it is critical for ongoing operation of the organization

Purpose Alignment Model

The rated requirements are then organized into four quadrants:

  • Differentiating quadrant – includes requirements that rate highly on both dimensions. These requirements offer the most value to the organization.
  • Parity quadrant – includes requirements that are low in market differentiation, but high for organization operations. Examples include personnel management, asset management, finances (accounts payable and receivable), etc.
  • Partner quadrant – includes requirements that rate highly in market differentiation, but lower for organization operations. An alternative approach to acquiring capabilities in this quadrant is an outsourced or partnership model.
  • Who Cares quadrant – includes requirements that have low ratings on both dimensions. Requirements in this quadrant could potentially be removed from scope, as they offer minimal value to the organization.

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