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Requirements Engineering

About the Course

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.

How is the course structured?

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.

Day
1
  • Rationale for Requirements Engineering
  • Stakeholders in Requirements Engineering
  • Requirements planning and management
  • Interviews and workshops
Day
2
  • Elicitation techniques
  • Documenting the requirements
  • Modelling the requirements
  • Organising and categorising requirements
  • Feasibility checking
Day
3
  • Prioritising requirements
  • Reviewing the requirements
  • Testability
  • Scenarios and prototyping
  • Managing requirements
  • Validating requirements
  • Delivering the requirements
Is there an exam?

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. Through a given business scenario, this open-book exam puts your knowledge of Requirements Engineering techniques to the test. 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 2.0 and enables participants to develop SFIA skills BUAN and REQM.

Anything else?

You’ll also be given a comprehensive Requirements Engineering course manual, containing additional information and guidance on further reading.

Full Course Outline

Requirements Engineering (a three-day course)

Course Content

Rationale for requirements engineering

  • Problems in developing IT systems and the cost of errors
  • Knowledge types
  • Definition of a ‘requirement’ and requirements hierarchies
  • Framework for requirements engineering

The role of the analyst

  • Stakeholders in requirements engineering
  • Roles and responsibilities

Requirements planning and management

  • The importance of planning and management in requirements engineering
  • Project initiation and the project initiation document

Requirements elicitation

  • Interviewing, preparing and conducting
  • Workshop benefits, planning and facilitating
  • Workshop roles and responsibilities
  • Techniques to elicit information and document results in a workshop

Requirements elicitation – supplementary techniques

  • Observation
  • Quantitative techniques
  • Scenarios – use in elicitation, clarification and validation
  • Rationale for prototyping T
  • Throwaway versus evolutionary prototyping
  • Types of prototype and risks associated with prototyping

Documenting requirements

  • Contents of the requirements document
  • The requirements catalogue
  • Types of requirement
  • Documentation styles
  • User stories

Modelling requirements

  • Use case diagrams for scope definition/re-definition
  • Checking use cases against requirements
  • The use of a context diagram
  • Analysis class models

Requirements analysis

  • Categorising requirements – functional, non-functional, technical and general
  • Structuring the requirements catalogue
  • Checking the relevance of requirements to business goals
  • Assessing the feasibility of requirements
  • Checking requirements against quality criteria
  • Identifying and resolving conflicting requirements
  • Defining acceptance criteria

Requirements management

  • Requirements traceability
  • Baselining, version control and the change control process
  • Support tools for Requirements Engineering
  • Requirements patterns

Requirements validation

  • Stakeholder responsibilities in requirements validation
  • Requirements validation process
  • The significance of sign-off

Delivering the requirements

  • Approaches to solution delivery
  • Development lifecycles and the transition from analysis to design

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