Writing requirements and delivering a well written requirements specification that is clear, correct, concise and complete is hard work. This work is often made harder because most people do not know how to write requirements. The fact that the most common reasons for project and product failures are problems with requirements supports this assessment.
In this one-day writing good requirements training course, you will learn what you need to do before you write requirements, best practices for writing good functional and non-functional requirements, and the techniques that can be applied and the attributes captured to improve the overall quality and understanding of your requirements.
You will learn to:
Write requirements to best practices and apply various techniques to avoid writing bad requirements
Quickly identify and fix bad requirements
Use rationale to clarify each requirement so that it is understood just one way and you have a history of why the requirement exists for purposes of change impact assessments, maintenance and verification
Use attributes such as verification method, allocation, and traceability to improve your requirement set
Write different types of functional and non-functional requirements
Validate your requirements as they are written to avoid preparing and submitting a bad requirement specification for review
Understand where requirements fit in the overall product life-cycle.
Understand the importance of Scope and how you can use it to better define your product.
Discuss the cause and impact of requirement defects on project and product success.
Learn how to write good requirements and avoid writing defective requirements.*
Discuss rationale and understand how it can be used to ensure requirements are understood only one way.*
Learn how defining the verification method for each requirement can be used to validate the requirement as written is testable.*
Understand levels of requirements and the basics of allocation and traceability between levels.
Learn the importance of using templates for preparing and organizing your requirements specification.
Understand the sources and categories of requirements – functional and performance, interface, operational, “-ilities” (such as reliability and supportability), physical, environmental, and design and construction categories.*
* includes examples and student exercises
Part 1: Scope – Setting the Foundation
What is Scope
Why define Scope
Part 2: Impact of Bad Requirements
Why are there bad requirements
Part 3: Be Careful What You Ask For – Writing Good Requirements
What is a requirement
Characteristics of a good requirement
What a requirement must state
Avoiding ambiguities and implementation
Part 4: Theirs But To Reason Why – The Value of Recording Rationale
Rationale – what, when, how & benefits
Validation vs. Verification
Part 5: Levels, Allocation and Traceability
Part 6: A Needle in a Haystack – Formatting Requirements
Part 7: Sources and Categories of Requirements
Functional and performance, interface, operational, “-ilities” (such as reliability and supportability), physical, environmental, and design and construction categories
Part 8: Requirement Validation
Who does validation?
Continuous validation process
Discrete validation process
This training is critical for those responsible for eliciting, writing and reviewing requirements. Representatives of all the product’s stakeholders will be involved in developing, reviewing, and approving requirements, and this training will benefit them and your requirement writing and review effort. DO NOT let anyone review your requirements without this training or without at least providing them your standards for good requirements.
System Engineers (SE)
Requirement Engineers (RE)
Business Analysts (BA)
Subject Matter Experts (SME)
Program and Project Managers (PM)
Independent verification and validation (IVV) team
Those writing software requirements
Those writing business requirements
Those writing system requirements
Others needing the skills to write requirements
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