Developing User Requirements: The Key to Project Success

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Learn to write user requirements in this training course by an immersive, simulated case study. Learn to enhance your requirements development process — from planning the project, through conducting elicitation meetings and writing well-formed user requirements, to validating the requirements and managing changes to them. Gain the skills you need to get the right information from your stakeholders at the beginning and avoid wasting resources later.

Developing User Requirements: The Key to Project Success

Key Features of this Training:

  • Learn user requirements best practices
  • After-course instructor coaching benefit
  • A Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK GUIDE) included with course

You Will Learn How To:

  • Write well-formed, validated requirements and enhance your development processes
  • Prepare for stakeholder interviews with video scenarios
  • Analyze, write, and validate requirements via simulations
  • Compare different requirements approaches

Certifications/Credits:

IIBA CDUs PMI 23 PDU

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User Requirements Instructor-Led Course Information

  • User Requirements Course Description

    In this user requirements training, you participate in an immersive, simulated case study, providing you with the practical skills necessary to write well-formed and validated user requirements. You learn how to organize and sequence requirements into a user requirements document, prepare a plan for completing a user requirements project, and analyze requirements with a process mapping methodology.

  • Recommended Experience

    This is a beginners training course and available to anyone who already develops user requirements in their day to day job and wants to enhance their career, or a beginner looking to enhance their knowledge and broaden their career options.

User Requirements Instructor-Led Course Outline

  • Introduction

    • A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) and PMBOK® Guide — Fifth Edition
    • Requirements classification scheme
    • The requirements development process: elicit, analyze, specify, validate and manage
    • Challenges to developing effective requirements
    • Requirements and Agile
  • Planning a Requirements Project

    Interpreting existing documentation

    • Requirements throughout the organization
    • Analyzing business cases and project history
    • Identifying stakeholders
    • Determining scope

    Creating a project action plan

    • Identifying and managing requirements
    • Elements of an action plan
    • Writing a plan for a simulated project
  • Eliciting Requirements from Stakeholders

    Planning elicitation meetings

    • Choosing the right people to interview
    • Selecting the best interview methodology
    • Constructing questions that deliver results

    Facilitating elicitation meetings

    • One-on-one meetings
    • Group meetings
    • Dysfunctional meetings
    • Meetings with executives
  • Analyzing Requirements with Process Maps

    Process-mapping methodologies

    • Process-mapping procedure and materials
    • Creating process maps

    Other analysis methodologies

    • Applying alternative graphical models
    • Performing gap analyses

    Completing the analysis

    • Prioritizing requirements with creative techniques
    • Completing a requirements analysis worksheet
  • Writing and Assembling the Requirements Document

    Gathering the pieces

    • Extracting requirements from an analysis worksheet
    • Utilizing templates

    Key writing skills

    • Principles of well-formed requirements
    • Word sensitivity, syntax and active voice
    • Well-formed vs. ill-formed requirements
    • Editing and rewriting requirements
    • The top five challenges to creating well-formed requirements

    Organizational skills and traceability

    • Organizing requirements into a readable document
    • Sequencing and numbering strategies
    • Linking requirements to business needs and test cases
    • Creating a traceability strategy for the organization
  • Validating Requirements

    Applying validation skills

    • Selecting the best validation methods
    • Validation checklists
    • Methods for conducting a walk-through

    Writing testable requirements

    • Reviews, walk-throughs, and inspections
    • Checking the testability of requirements
  • Managing Changes to Update Your Document

    What you can expect

    • Types of changes
    • Frequency, magnitude of changes

    Navigating the change process

    • Conducting a change meeting
    • Managing change requests
    • Accepting and rejecting changes
  • Integrating Requirements into Your Organization

    • Choosing the right requirements-management tools
    • Selecting appropriate requirements standards
    • Defining an ideal requirements process

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User Requirements Training FAQs

  • What is a user requirements example?

    A user requirement is any function or feature that the user of the software being designed expects it to be able to do.

  • What is this course about?

    In this course, you face the challenge of planning a requirements project from start to finish. You learn how to sharpen your interviewing and analysis skills and write well-formed, testable, and verifiable requirements. Real-world, pragmatic experience is what this course offers.

    The result? You'll be more efficient in your work and be able to effectively describe what customers and users really want. Your deliverables will be easy to read and easy to manage, with just the right amount of detail so engineers, quality assurance professionals, and others can create and manage the solutions you've specified.

  • Who will benefit from this course?

    This course benefits those involved in the development of products or services and those who participate in the early stages when projects are initiated and their business and user requirements are defined. Targeted class attendees include developers, users, intermediaries, managers, project managers, end users and customer service representatives.

  • How do I receive my PMI PDU credits?

    Follow the directions on our PMI PDU page for instructions on how to submit for PDU credit.

  • How do I receive my IIBA CDU credits?

    To get credit for your IIBA CDUs, you must register them with IIBA. Visit IIBA’s website for information on registering with IIBA. Learn more about Learning Tree training approved for IIBA CDUs ›

     

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