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Mastering the Requirements Process Course - Part 2

4 sessions available starting from $1,870.00

Subject: Business

Ages: All ages

Skill level: All difficulty levels

Take your requirements skills to the next level

This MasterClass will take your Volere requirements process to the next level. It shows you how to build on your existing requirements expertise and integrate requirements into project management for the maximum effect.

The book "Requirements-Led Project Management: Discovering David's Slingshot" (Addison-Wesley, 2005) by Suzanne and James Robertson is supplied to each participant on the public course.

In this course we show you ways of choosing the best set of requirements to give you a competitive edge and still get your product to market on time, including techniques for quantifying the business value of investing in requirements.

We also address the need to anticipate market opportunities by explaining how to invent the requirements...

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Take your requirements skills to the next level

This MasterClass will take your Volere requirements process to the next level. It shows you how to build on your existing requirements expertise and integrate requirements into project management for the maximum effect.

The book "Requirements-Led Project Management: Discovering David's Slingshot" (Addison-Wesley, 2005) by Suzanne and James Robertson is supplied to each participant on the public course.

In this course we show you ways of choosing the best set of requirements to give you a competitive edge and still get your product to market on time, including techniques for quantifying the business value of investing in requirements.

We also address the need to anticipate market opportunities by explaining how to invent the requirements your customers are not yet asking for. And we address the question of dealing with requirements for existing systems along with techniques for managing meta-projects - large projects made up of a number of smaller ones.

The course also looks at project sociology, and helps you to identify the correct stakeholders for your project, how to get them involved in the appropriate parts of the project and even more importantly, how to keep them involved.

Intended For

This is an advanced course, and is intended for experienced business/systems analysts, systems managers, project leaders, consultants, systems analysts and planners.

Prerequisites

This is part 2 of the Mastering the Requirements series. The material is of an advanced nature. It relies on you being an experienced requirements engineer, and your familiarity with the concepts and terminology presented in Mastering the Requirements Process (Part 1). This workshop assumes prior knowledge and does not stop to review or explain. The 3 day course Mastering the Requirements Process (Part 1) provides training in these foundation concepts and is a mandatory prerequisite.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

* Build a requirements knowledge model for communication and traceability
* Use requirements deliverables as input to project management
* Work in a more Agile manner - by choosing the level of requirements needed for faster results
* Assess commercial off the shelf (COTS) software using requirements techniques
* Exploit requirements deliverables for risk management and cost estimation
* Integrate creative requirements practices for innovative products
* Maximise the value of requirements investment
* Take advantage of requirements practices to enable change
* Match project success indicators and good requirements practices.

Content

Requirements Knowledge

The key to a successful requirements process is knowing which requirements knowledge you need to discover and how the different types and levels of knowledge relate to each other. Light or agile processes are intended to give you fast results with the minimum of effort expended. However success is dependent on finding a solution to the right problem and that means somehow or other we need to get the right requirements. We are always searching for a balance between the knowledge we need to get and the time available to get it. Here we show you how to understand and quantify the different types of requirements knowledge. Then, taking your own critical success factors into account we look at ways of making your requirements more agile and more effective.

Requirements for Existing Systems

Changes or additions to an existing system have special requirements considerations. Here we look at a 5-step systemic approach for making changes to requirements for existing systems. We examine approaches for analysing new requirements and assessing the impact on other parts of an installed system. We use the requirements knowledge model as a way of guiding impact analysis. We also look at ways of communicating new requirements to the people who might be affected by them.

Inventing Better Products

An effective requirements process must include innovation if you are to produce a better product. Many of your stakeholders are not in a position to know all their requirements, nor can they imagine what is possible. We show you how to invent, and how to advance your company's work practices or position in the marketplace. We demonstrate creativity techniques, including the principles of divergence and convergence, to inspire people to invent and have new ideas. We also discuss how and when to integrate creativity in your own requirements process.

Requirements Value

Value is concerned with the cost and benefits of requirements. Here we quantify requirements so you can measure their cost, and compare to the benefit they deliver. We show you how to use requirements deliverables for early estimates. We give you ways of prioritising and negotiating requirements to best fit your project sociology. We treat requirements as a business investment, and consider the ways to quantify business value. We also explore ways to take advantage of requirements reuse.

Meta-Management and Multi-Technology

Meta-management is managing the connections between the projects, tasks, people and technologies for multi-component projects. Meta-management is also about managing requirements changes in the most efficient way. You can apply meta-management principles to the pieces of one large project for managing a number of inter-dependent projects. Here we identify the components that need meta-management along with approaches for keeping track of the dynamics. We also learn how to modify your requirements knowledge model to cater for multi-product projects.

Requirements Sociology

Requirements come from people. We call these people stakeholders—the people who have an interest in your requirements. We show you how to find the stakeholders and interest them in your project. And how to keep them interested. We show you how to analyse the communication demands that are most vital to your project's success. We draw on knowledge from sociology, philosophy and psychology to explain how to do a project sociology analysis for building communication bridges and maintaining a collaborative project. We discuss the difference between communicable knowledge and documents. You will learn how to build a mapping between requirements knowledge and the requirements deliverables that are relevant to your project.

Requirements Simulations

Requirements analysts use stories to discover requirements by designing prototypes and building different scenarios of a situation. They also use stories to drive requirements workshops and to help create innovative requirements to make our products more competitive. Here you learn how to use simulations and personas to create the most useful scenarios for your project. We also look at business event stories, product use case stories, version planning stories and story rooms. Then we show how to connect informal stories to the formal requirements knowledge model.

Improving Your Requirements

An effective requirements process is composed of knowledge, activities and roles. We discuss each of these elements and identify for you a minimal framework of requirements deliverables and checkpoints. Then we show you how to modify the framework to fit a variety of projects with different sociologies and different critical success factors. We look at how to avoid potential communication chasms and requirements black holes by designing feedback loops. We show you how to adapt your requirements knowledge model, and your requirements process, for maximum agility.

Method Used

This course includes intensive workshops that give participants the opportunity to apply the concepts presented. The case study is a multiple technology project involving a mixture of sub-projects concerned with embedded software, a web site, commercial off the shelf (COTS) software, custom built software, new systems, legacy systems and business processes. Participants work in teams and explore the extended requirements ideas by:

* Building a requirements knowledge model
* Changing the model to suit a variety of projects
* Using the model to assess impact of change
* Inventing creative requirements
* Quantifying the requirements costs, benefits and value
* Using meta-management principles
* Modelling communication demand analysis
* Inventing personas
* Mapping stories to a formal knowledge model
* Analysing requirements for an existing product.

Participants also get the chance to interact personally with the instructor, receive advice on their own situations, and discuss how the ideas from this course can be implemented in their own work environment.

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Where

  • Melbourne, VIC

Price: $1,870.00

When

Please contact us for upcoming dates and/or more information about this class.

Where

  • Melbourne, VIC 2000

Price: $1,870.00

When

Please contact us for upcoming dates and/or more information about this class.

Where

  • Melbourne, VIC

Price: $1,870.00

When

Please contact us for upcoming dates and/or more information about this class.

Where

  • Melbourne, VIC 2000

Price: $1,870.00




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