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Project Requirements: Definition and Management

The Challenge
Inadequate requirements and poorly maintained requirements have long been recognized as major contributors to project failure, particularly in technology projects. This understanding has driven significant work in the areas of requirements engineering, with the result that requirements definition tools and techniques today are better than ever. However, there is in general a very poor understanding of the crucial role that requirements play in determining a project's long term value. As a result, requirements development still does not get adequate attention, so that low quality and poorly maintained requirements continue to be an issue.

The Solution
Project Requirements: Definition and Management takes a very broad view of the processes and players at work during requirements development and management. Participants gain a deep understanding of the range of skills required to make this important aspect of any project a success. Topics covered during this course include:
  • The critical importance of requirements
  • Requirements in Waterfall versus Agile projects
  • Types of requirements
  • Requirements development and management through the project and product lifecycles
  • Planning the requirements engagement
  • Stakeholder identification and analysis
  • Tools and techniques for requirements elicitation and analysis
  • Effective use of models
  • Options for recording requirements
  • Writing High Quality Requirements
  • Validating the Requirements Document
  • Requirements Verification and Validation
  • Techniques for managing change to requirements
  • Solution Assessment and Validation
Who should attend
This course is of particular value to business analysts, project managers and other project staff with direct or indirect responsibility for requirements definition and analysis; functional managers with project responsibility; Project Management Office staff; and managers of business analysts.

Prerequisites
This business analysis course assumes that participants have participated in some projects and have some experience in requirements definition and analysis. There is no requirement that attendees complete any specific training in advance of this course.

Course Outline
1. Introduction
  • Requirements are important
  • Waterfall and Agile Methodologies
  • Sources of failure in Waterfall projects
  • The solution
2. Understanding Project Requirements
  • Business requirements
  • Stakeholder and Solution requirements
  • Functional requirements
  • Business rules and data
  • Technical and other Non-Functional requirements
  • Transition requirements
  • Requirements Lifecycle
  • Benefits of Good Requirements
3. Context for Requirements
  • Requirements drive Business Value
  • Business Case
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Stakeholder Identification and Analysis
  • The Vision and Scope Document
  • The Problem Statement
  • Scoping the project
  • BA as Investigator; addressing the business need
4. Requirements Planning
  • Drivers of Requirements Planning
  • Business Analysis Plan
    • Requirements Repository
    • Requirements Attributes
    • Prioritizing Requirements
    • Requirements Tracing
    • Requirements Management
  • Requirements Engagement Plan
  • The Benefits of Planning
5. Requirements Elicitation Tools and Techniques
  • Elicitation as an iterative process
  • BA Skills that Support Elicitation
  • Elicitation versus Gathering
  • Challenges in requirements elicitation
  • Four elicitation steps
  • Twelve useful elicitation techniques
  • Good Meetings Practice
  • Useful questions
  • Choosing the best elicitation technique
6. Analyzing Requirements
  • Requirements analysis
  • Analysis activities
  • Requirements Analysis Models
  • The Value of Models
  • Ten Useful Analysis Tools
  • Reviewing Models with Stakeholders
  • Avoiding Analysis Paralysis
7. Recording Requirements
  • Requirements Documentation
  • Importance of Communication
  • Documentation Options
  • Methods for Recording Requirements
  • Requirements Quality Characteristics
  • Consequences of Poor Requirements Quality
  • Writing the Requirements Document
  • Technical Writing Tips
8. Verifying and Validating Requirements
  • Verification and Validation Objectives
  • Roles in Verification and Validation
  • Verification and Validation techniques
  • Traceability and the RTM
  • Validating the Requirements Document
    • Desk Checking
    • Peer Review
    • Walkthroughs
  • Preparing a Requirements Package
  • Requirements Approval
9. Documenting Requirements
  • The Project Requirements Document (PRD) - Options
  • PRD content
  • Validating the PRD
  • How to avoid common PRD problems
  • Getting signoff on requirements
10. Requirements Management and Communication
  • Requirements Management
  • Roles in Requirements Management
  • The Work of Change Control: Waterfall vs. Agile
  • Requirements Re-Use
  • Communication with Stakeholders
11. Solution Validation and Assessment
  • Solution Validation
  • Ensuring an Adequate Plan
  • Creating the Right Solution
  • Participation in Design and Testing
  • Solution Assessment
  • Assessing for Business Value after Deployment
12. Final Course Review
Learning Approach
  • A highly qualified instructor will use interactive lecture format, numerous hands-on exercises, team activities, group discussions, and other techniques to drive home the essential points of this material.
  • We will build on your prior experience in this topic, while providing you with a structure and vocabulary to use in all of your future projects.
  • If you have modest requirements management knowledge, you will find that the clarity of the material and direct presentation style of the instructor will make the subject matter easy to understand.
  • You will receive a Participant Guide which will help you follow the material, take notes and retain what you learned so that you can apply it on your job.
Why should I take this course?
  • Experienced Business Analysts will acquire a rigorous method and vocabulary that they can apply to their work.
  • If you are new to requirements management, the exercises in this business analyst training course will give insights into many important concepts and techniques.
  • All participants take home a set of best practice, tools and techniques to help them deal with all aspects of project requirements elicitation, analysis and management.
  • Take this BABOK ® Guide compliant BA course and learn how to avoid many of the problems that Business Analysts most often encounter.

Every course and workshop in our Project Training program is fully customizable. We can deliver the training program you need onsite and at an attractive discount. Call us toll free in the US at 1.800.877.8129, or +1.919.495.7371 International.


All of our courses are fully compliant with the latest release of each relevant standards document such as the PMBOK® Guide, Standard for Portfolio Management, BABOK® Guide and others.
Course Information
Course ID: 4010
Duration: 3 days. Can be customized on request.
Class size: 6 - 20
Includes:
· Top quality instruction from a highly experienced BA
· Participant Guide
· Certificate of Participation
· 21 CDUs / PDUs

Download this course description as a printable PDF document.
Pricing Information
On-site discounts are available.
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