Mastering the Requirements Process (Workshop)

Mastering the Requirements Process (Workshop)


Life's too short to build software nobody wants. Three-day workshop on how to get the right requirements from your stakeholders...

9-11 October 2018 (10-18h)
Location: Parker Hotel (Diegem)
Presented in English by James Robertson
Price: 2400 EUR (excl. 21% VAT)
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 Learning Objectives

What will you learn during this workshop ?

  FREE BOOK with your seminar participation:


Mastering the Requirements Process (3rd Edition)

Get this great hardcover book (Addison-Wesley, ISBN13: 9780321815743) free with your workshop participation.

During this workshop, James Robertson will teach you to:

  • Determine the real needs of your client
  • Uncover the essence of the business
  • Learn diverse elicitation techniques to uncover the real requirements
  • Write agile stories that are more effective and accurate
  • Understand the role of the business analyst in agile projects
  • Write requirements that are complete, traceable, and testable
  • Use a story map for more controlled development
  • Understand the need for (and how to write) both functional and non-functional requirements
  • Precisely define the scope of the project
  • Discover all the stakeholders and keep them involved
  • Use prototypes and sketches to discover hidden needs
  • Get the requirements quickly, and incrementally
  • Use state of the art requirements techniques
  • Discover the right requirements and stories

About this intensive three-day workshop

This three-day workshop is entirely focused on requirements management. Requirements are the most crucial part of systems development, and yet the most misunderstood part of it. Requirements must be correct if the rest of the development effort is to succeed. This workshop presents a complete process for eliciting the real requirements, testing them for correctness, and recording them clearly, comprehensibly and unambiguously.

Software development today is more complex and demanding than ever; and there are fewer resources to meet those demands. Getting the software right - the first time - is the most effective way to succeed under these circumstances. Today's requirements process is incremental with quick cycle times. It uses prototypes and scenarios, and it ensures that your developers know precisely what you - and your customer - mean when you write a fit criterion: a concise test case for the requirement.

This workshop shows you how to precisely define the scope of the business problem, to discover and involve the appropriate stakeholders, to use techniques such as apprenticing and use case workshops to learn what the users really need, to write testable requirements, and to phase the requirements to allow incremental delivery of the product.

Is this workshop for me ?

Yes, if you want to be involved in delivering the right systems: the ones that get used. Your title is probably business analyst, systems analyst, product owner, project leader or manager, requirements engineer, consultant, product or program manager or similar. Team members on agile projects benefit from understanding how requirements are done in agile projects.

Users, software customers and business stakeholders have found that this course equips them to participate more effectively in the requirements process, and so ensure that the end solution matches what they really need.

 Full Programme

9.30h - 10.00h
Registration, coffee/tea and croissants
  FREE BOOK with your seminar participation:


Mastering the Requirements Process (3rd Edition)

Get this great hardcover book (Addison-Wesley, ISBN13: 9780321815743) free with your workshop participation.

9.30h
Registration (only first day)
10.00h
Start of each workshop day

This programme is spread over 3 days, from 10h00 (but the workshop leader will already be present from 9h30 to answer your questions) till 18h00, with a dinner around 13h00:

Project Blastoff

This builds a foundation for the requirements project by establishing its Scope-Stakeholder-Goals. This gives you the precise scope of the business area to be studied; a testable goal for the project; and using stakeholder maps, you can identify all the sources of requirements. Additionally, the blastoff ensures the project is viable and worthwhile.

Trawling for Requirements

At the core of any requirements process is the ability to get people to tell you what they really need, rather than their perceived solution, or what they think you might be able to deliver. We show you how to use apprenticing, use case workshops, interviewing, brainstorming, mind maps and other techniques to discover exactly what the customers need - and want.

This section introduces the brown cow model that gives the business analyst different ways of thinking about the problem, and allows the real problem to emerge. We also look at innovation - fresh thinking about the problem - and how it is a necessary component of any requirements process.

Functional Requirements

Functional requirements are those things the product must do. You discover them by understanding the work the user does, and determining what part of that work the automated product can best do. The resulting interaction between user and product is usually modeled with scenarios, and from these, you can readily derive the functional requirements.

Non-functional Requirements

Non-functional requirements are properties the product must have, such as the desired look and feel, usability, performance, cultural aspects and so on. This section discusses the types of non-functional requirements, and shows you how to use the template, and other methods, to find the all-important qualitative requirements for your product.

Managing Your Requirements

Requirements are the lynchpin of any development effort, and so have to be written correctly and managed effectively. This section demonstrates the use of a template to help you write requirements. It looks at requirements management issues like traceability, prioritization and conflicting requirements. We also look at tools to help manage requirements specifications.

18.00h
End of each workshop day

 Speakers


The Atlantic Systems Guild

James Robertson is a consultant, teacher, author, project leader whose area of concern is the requirements for products, and the contribution that good requirements make to successful projects. His work in the area of business analysis and requirements gathering is valued by clients around the world.

He is the co-author of the best-selling book "Mastering the Requirements Process, Third Edition" (Pearson, 2012, ISBN: 9780321815743). This book provides guidance on finding requirements and writing them so that all the stakeholders can understand them. He also co-founded the Volere approach to requirements engineering. His most recent book is "Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies: Understanding Patterns of Project Behavior", written with fellow principals of The Atlantic Systems Guild, a London and New York-based think tank known for its research into new systems engineering techniques.

James Robertson has worked on almost every type of information system. His experience has led him to write numerous seminars and papers that are well respected as sources of new software development ideas.

As well as teaching his seminars and workshops, he now advises companies on how to adapt modern software development techniques to fit specific projects, and how to effectively transfer the new technologies to the software developers within the organisation. He has formed a solid partnership with his wife Suzanne to consult on numerous large-scale projects in Europe and the United States.

James and Suzanne Robertson are principals and co-founders of The Atlantic Systems Guild.

The Atlantic Systems Guild Limited is endorsed as an education provider by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA).

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