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BCS Requirements Engineering

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Course Duration: 3 days
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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.

Who is it for?

The course is designed mainly for practising business analysts but is also suitable for others such as business change practitioners, project managers and enterprise architects who wish to gain an insight into this aspect of the business analysis process.

Entry Requirements

No entry requirements for this course

Exam

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 3.0 and enables participants to develop SFIA skills BUAN and REQM.

Course Objectives

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.

Syllabus – Key points

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

Requirements elicitation

  • 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

Requirements analysis

  • 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

Documenting requirements

  • Types and hierarchy of requirements
  • Documentation formats: user stories, use cases and requirements catalogue
  • Applicability to linear and Agile development

Modelling requirements

  • Context diagrams
  • Modelling functions: use case diagrams for scope definition/re-definition
  • Modelling data: class models
  • Cross-checking use cases against class models

Requirements validation

  • Stakeholder responsibilities in requirements validation
  • Requirements validation in linear and Agile development

Requirements management

  • 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

1 review for BCS Requirements Engineering

  1. Ann Tang

    Unfortunately I got the dates of the course wrong. Bernard and Nigel kindly accommodated me. A lot of material that was covered in what I did manage to attend, in a good pace, well explained with great examples.

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