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BCS Business Requirements Engineering and Business Change Fast Track

This course enables delegates to complete the BCS Requirements Engineering and  Business Change course modules and written examinations in 5 consecutive days of training.

These are two of the four modules which you need to achieve the valuable BCS Business Analysis Diploma.

BCS Certificate in Requirements Engineering

The course follows the BCS syllabus for requirements engineering leading to the BCS accredited examination, Certificate in Requirements Engineering.

BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Change

The course follows the BCS syllabus leading to the BCS accredited examination, Foundation Certificate in Business Change.



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Learning Objectives

BCS Certificate in Requirements Engineering

  • describe the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders in the requirements engineering process
  • demonstrate the application of a range requirements elicitation techniques
  • explain the use of requirements elicitation techniques and the relevance of the techniques to given situations
  • document and prioritise user requirements for an information system
  • identify problems with requirements and explain how requirements documentation may be improved
  • create a process/function model of requirements for an information system
  • interpret a model of the data requirements for an information system
  • explain the importance of linking project objectives and requirements to the Business Case
  • describe the principles of Requirements Management and explain the importance of managing requirements
  • describe the use of CASE tools to support Requirements Engineering
  • explain the principles of Requirements Validation and define an approach to validating requirements

BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Change

To appreciate the principles, process and roles involved in business change.

To understand the importance of aligning the organisation with external and internal influences and the approaches used to do this.

To understand the business analysis approach and techniques used to identify business improvements.

To design the inter-related elements required to implement successful business change.

To understand the processes that should be employed to deploy business change effectively.

To manage the classification, review and realisation of benefits.

Pre-Requisites

There are no specific prerequisites to attending the course.

Course Content

BCS Certificate in Requirements Engineering

Session 1 - Introduction to Requirements Engineering

The session proposes a working definition of a requirement and considers the essence and origin of requirements in a business context. A framework for managing requirements process is provided.

Session 2- Hierarchy of Requirements

The session provides an approach to structuring requirements. Starting from business goals we consider types of requirement and different levels of detail for requirements.

Session 3 - Stakeholders in the Requirements Process

Stakeholders are the owners of the business problems and opportunities giving rise to the need for requirements. It is essential that they are identified and involved throughout the requirements project from elicitation to testing. This session considers how to identify and involve the different types of stakeholder who are relevant to a project.

Session 4 - Requirements Elicitation

The session examines various types of elicitation techniques and the context in which they are to be applied. We also provide real-world practical guidance in how to use the technique to gain maximum advantage from it.

Session 5 - Use of Models in Requirements Engineering

Models can be a vital element in eliciting, analysing and documenting requirements. They can also be a precursor to creating prototypes in order for the requirements analyst and for the business stakeholder to agree what is really needed. This session considers modelling of process and of data.

Session 6 - Requirements Documentation

The session relates documentation to the purpose of the requirements, demonstrating that one size does not suit all situations. We consider forms of documentation from the informal to the formal and provide guidelines for determining an approach that is right free given situation.

Session 7 - Requirements Analysis

Requirements must be analysed to ensure that they are well formed, that they represent what the business needs and that they are usable by the developers and testers of the intended product. This session shows how.

Session 8- Requirements Validation

It is essential to review and validate requirements to ensure that they are fit for purpose. This session considers some approaches based around requirements reviews.

Session 9 - Requirements management

If requirements are not properly managed and controlled, the value of all other requirements activities is likely to be reduced or nullified. This session considers approaches to version control, management of scope and traceability. We also consider the use of software tools to support the requirements process.

BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Change

Session 1 - Business Change Principles

We examine what is meant by a business change project, IT as a driver and as enabler of business change, and core competences and their implications for outsourcing.

We then provide an overview of a life cycle for business change. The stages of this life cycle are examined in detail during the remainder of the course.

Finally the session considers the various stakeholders involved in a business change project.

Session 2 - Business and IT Alignment

We consider the importance of aligning the business and IT strategies and look at techniques to achieve this goal. In so doing, we examine how internal and external influences as well as cultures, local and international, affect an organisation's strategy and the way in which a commercial organisation will choose to compete.

We review how an enterprise architecture can assist in aligning the strategies of the business and of IT and it maintaining appropriate governance of a change project.

Session 3 - Business improvement definition

This session describes how an holistic approach to business analysis can help to identify business improvements.

Specific techniques studied include systems thinking, gap analysis, requirements elicitation and analysis and creating a business case.

The last part of the session considers the definition of a programme and its relationship to projects.

Session 4 - Business design

Having defined the required changes, this session shows how to take an holistic view to design the inter-related elements required to produce a solution to the problems giving rise to the need for change.

We consider design of changes to the organisation, jobs and roles, business processes, information and IT.

Session 5 - Business change implementation

The designed changes now need to be implemented. First and foremost, this requires planning.

The solution needs to be acquired and deployed. Stakeholders need to buy into the new ways of doing things. And finally the implementation needs to be reviewed.

Session 6 – Benefits Management and Realisation

The purpose of change is to achieve benefits for the organisation. Realisation of benefits does not usually happen by chance and needs to be carefully planned.

We look at the nature and classification of benefits and how to measure them. Benefits are anticipated in the business case; they are the basis on which the programme and projects were initiated. Benefits realisation is about ensuring that the planned benefits are actually achieved. We consider who does this and how they do it.

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