Business Analysts, business change specialists, systems analysts and anyone who is involved in gathering, analysing, documenting and managing requirements. Requirements Engineering is also a Core module on the BCS (ISEB) International Diploma in Business Analysis.
Requirements Engineering is an essential business analysis skill. Being able to pinpoint your consumers’ expectations for a newly introduced or modified existing product is key to the success of the completed solution.
Based around a Requirements Engineering framework, this course will teach you a range of techniques for elicitation, analysis, documentation and managing requirements. All with the help of a detailed case study that allows you to practice applying the techniques you learn. Some of the key areas we’ll look at include requirements categorisation, prioritisation and documentation, traceability and management of changes to requirements, and use case modelling and stories.
Presented to you by one of the expert training consultants pictured below, each member of our Requirements Engineering training team bring their substantial experience of business analysis projects and application of the Requirements Engineering techniques to the programme.
To give you more of an idea of what you’ll learn and how the course will help you, here’s a quick guide to those three days.
- Rationale for Requirements Engineering
- Stakeholders in Requirements Engineering
- Requirements planning and management
- Interviews and workshops
- Elicitation techniques
- Documenting the requirements
- Modelling the requirements
- Organising and categorising requirements
- Feasibility checking
- Prioritising requirements
- Reviewing the requirements
- Scenarios and prototyping
- Managing requirements
- Validating requirements
- Delivering the requirements
For virtual courses a printed copy of the latest edition of the comprehensive course manual will be sent to your home address in good time for the start of your course. Our delegates tell us that having access to a physical document is beneficial as both a reference document and for taking notes during the course. In addition, a link will be emailed to you to enable you to access an electronic copy of the same comprehensive manual for convenient future reference.
Yes. During this three day course you’ll receive all the training you need to prepare for the BCS Requirements Engineering certificate examination, which is held on the final afternoon of the course. A pass means you’re another step closer to achieving the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis – the de facto certification for practicing business analysts. One last thing this course is also approved as consistent with the IIBA BABoK version 3.0 and enables participants to develop SFIA skills BUAN and REQM.
At present, due to the Covid-19 crisis, the exam is not available in a classroom environment. However, for delegates attending a virtual or online course, the exam may be taken using the BCS online proctoring service. This exam consists of 40 multiple-choice questions with a pass mark of 25/40.
If this course is part of your BCS Diploma in Business Analysis programme you have a choice of further modules which include the other Core BA Diploma module, Business Analysis Practice. Candidates who have already completed the Core modules can take one Practitioner specialism, which includes Benefits Management and Business Acceptance, Systems Modelling Techniques, Modelling Business Processes, Systems Development Essentials or Data Management Essentials. Before taking the Oral exam, candidates must also pass one of the Foundation Specialisms; in Business Analysis, IS Project Management, Business Change or Commercial Awareness. The structure of the certification is shown here.
Requirements Engineering (a three-day course)
Rationale for requirements engineering
- Definition of a ‘requirement’ and requirements hierarchies
- Knowledge types
- Requirements engineering framework: linear and Agile development
The role of the analyst
- Stakeholders in requirements engineering
- Roles and responsibilities
Requirements planning and management
- Planning for requirements engineering
- The business context and business case: linear and Agile development
- Project initiation
- Interviews: preparing and conducting
- Workshop: planning and facilitating; roles and responsibilities
- Techniques to elicit information and document workshop results
Requirements elicitation – supplementary techniques
- Observation and focus groups
- Quantitative elicitation techniques: including surveys and document analysis
- Scenario analysis
- Throwaway versus evolutionary prototyping: rationale and risks
- Suitability of elicitation techniques
- Organising requirements
- Ordering and refining a backlog for Agile development
- Assessing feasibility and aligning requirements with business goals
- Prioritising requirements using MOSCOW
- Checking requirements against quality criteria
- Requirements testability and defining acceptance criteria
- Identifying and resolving requirements conflicts
- Types and hierarchy of requirements
- Documentation formats: user stories, use cases and requirements catalogue
- Applicability to linear and Agile development
- Context diagrams
- Modelling functions: use case diagrams for scope definition/re-definition
- Modelling data: class models
- Cross-checking use cases against class models
- Stakeholder responsibilities in requirements validation
- Requirements validation in linear and Agile development
- Requirements management in Agile development
- Change through collaboration and iteration
- Requirements management in linear development
- Version and change control
- Requirements traceability
- Requirements engineering support tools
- Requirements re-use and patterns
Delivering the requirements
- Approaches to solution delivery
- Linear and iterative development approaches
- Post deployment and benefits confirmation
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