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Work Product VS Deliverable

Morgan T. LeeWhat is the difference between a work product and a deliverable?

A work product is a report, diagram, or collection of documents used by the business analyst during the requirements development process. A work product may or may not become a deliverable. A work product can be used to share information with stakeholders, elicit requirements, provide status, etc.

Examples of a work product may include:

    Meeting minutes
    Diagrams
    Recorded discussions
    Status reports
    Presentations
    Prototypes

Deliverables are a specific output that the business analyst may create as part of their business analysis activities. A Business analyst can use work products to help create project deliverables.

Examples of a deliverables may include:

    Requirements Management Plan
    Business Requirements Document
    Work Breakdown structure
    Communication Plan

A business analyst must understand the difference between the two. Showing a stakeholder a work project can lead to confusion as the work product is only meant as a means of collecting or presenting information and is not meant as a final product. Deliverables are used as a communication tool and will deliver information about the final product to the stakeholder.

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