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Georgia Tech Professional Education

Developing Better Project Requirements

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About the course

It's always good to begin a project knowing the requirements to lay a more solid foundation for a smoother rollout. Whether you are developing in a more traditional “waterfall” world or moving to the Agile, iterative world, this course will help you develop techniques to clarify the scope of your product. You will explore the traditional “requirements upfront” methods and distinguish those from the processes of current, more adaptive environments. The course presents the problems associated with scope definition and management. Explore planning your requirements strategy, uncovering key stakeholders, organizing your team, assembling a good story, and writing clear and concise statements. The course will present techniques for determining client wishes from needs, prioritizing the needs, and validating that what you build is what you promised.

What You Will Learn

  • Iterative methodologies
  • Estimation techniques
  • Project requirements
  • Problem statements

How You Will Benefit

  • Separate customer needs from customer desires.
  • Prioritize customer needs.
  • Improve communication with the customer about information technology requirements.
  • Ensure customer understanding of requirements before project approval.
  • Use walkthroughs to validate requirements.

Content

INTRODUCTION TO BETTER REQUIREMENTS

  • How good requirements make a difference
  • The high cost of rework
  • The difference between project and product requirements
  • Types of requirements
  • Product quality attributes
  • Critical success factors for information technology requirements

PLANNINGS: PLAN-DRIVEN VERSUS ITERATIVE

  • The importance of the organizational environment
  • Waterfall organizations
  • Environments for adaptive projects
  • The Agile manifesto
  • Agile principles

UNCOVERING: ELICITATION STRATEGIES

  • The challenges of collecting requirements
  • Why stakeholders make a difference
  • Which project stakeholders to involve
  • The key role of product owner
  • How to identify misleading intentions
  • The power of "why"

ORGANIZING: THERE’S NOTHING LIKE A GOOD STORY

  • User stories and user scenarios: the benefits
  • How to create user scenarios -- step-by-step approach
  • How to address exceptions
  • How to develop requirements from user scenarios

WRITING: CLEAR, CONCISE, COMPLETE

  • The anatomy of a good requirement
  • Guidelines for writing good requirements
  • How to derive requirements from user scenarios
  • How to recognize requirement problems

ANALYZING: WANTS VERSUS NEEDS

  • The search for "soon-to-be" problems
  • How to elicit, analyze, and negotiate -- the iterative approach
  • How to define system boundaries

REVIEWING: VERIFYING AND VALIDATING

  • Analysis versus validation
  • When a requirement document is needed
  • How to format the SRS
  • Validation best practices
  • How to check against standards
  • Inspections and test cases

REQUIREMENTS MANAGEMENT

  • Results of poor requirement management
  • The critical success factors in managing requirements
  • How to trace requirements -- forwards and backwards
  • Requirements management tools

Who should attend

This course is designed for Scrum Masters, project managers, product owners, business analysts, as well as Project Management Professionals seeking annual Professional Development Units.

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Jan Dillard

Dr. Jan Dillard, Ph.D., President and founder of Glenridge Consulting Group, is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with over twenty-five years of experience in information technology, education and management. Her expertise includes managing enterprise-wide hardware and software de...

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John Rahiya

John Rahiya is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with over twenty-five years of experience in developing high performing teams and teaching thousands of project managers globally. John’s project journey began at Equifax, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia where he served in various leadersh...

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Lynda Roberts

Lynda Roberts is a Certified Project Management Professional with more than 20 years of experience, focuses on managing enterprise-wide hardware and software deployments, establishing project management and system development life-cycle methodologies in large IT organizations, establishing progra...

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Jim Consuegra

Jim Consuegra is the Academic Director of Computing and IT programs at Georgia Tech Professional Education. He began his career at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1983 as a manager within the Georgia Tech Research Institute, where he was responsible for centers that provided computing and ...

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