Previously know as ISEB Requirements Engineering this 3 day course is a core module for the Business Analysis Diploma
This intensive three-day course develops the skills needed to work with requirements stakeholders to ensure that requirements satisfy various perspectives and that conflicts are negotiated to a position of consensus.
Delegates will learn how to work with stakeholders and other requirements actors to ensure the requirements are complete, unambiguous, realistic and testable.
This course is for those wishing to acquire the skill set required for establishing system requirements and those wishing to attain the BCS Certificate in Requirements Engineering.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- 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
There are no specific pre-requisites for this course.
It is recommended that those new to Business Analysis consider attending the Business Analysis Foundation course.
Delegates will need to spend 60-90 minutes each evening on revision and example examination questions.
The Requirements Engineering Process
Lifecycle for business change; Business plans and objectives; Problems with requirements; The stakeholders involved in RE; RE process overview
Requirements and the Business Context
Hierarchy of requirements; TOR/PID; Functional requirements; Non-Functional requirements; General/Technical requirements; Service level requirements
Eliciting and Documenting Requirements
Problems with elicitation; Different stakeholders viewpoints; Elicitation techniques; Facilitated workshops in detail; Prioritisation of requirements; The structure and contents of a requirement
Interviewing for Requirements
Interviewing for RE; The interviewing lifecycle; Planning, preparing, conducting and following up the interview; Questioning strategies
Use of Models in Requirements Engineering
Developing a process/functional model; Reading a static (data) model
Analysing and Negotiating Requirements
Iterating requirements; Congruence with business objectives; Analysing requirements against: Classification, Priority, Ambiguity, Testability, Risk, Granularity, Omissions, Conflicts, Overlaps, and Achievability; Resolving conflicts
Requirements validation; Requirements reviews; Validation checklist; Validation by prototyping
The principles of requirements management (RM); How the '4 pillars' support RM; The baseline mechanism; The role of the Change Control Board
Requirements testing/user acceptance testing; Post-implementation review; Roles of requirements actors
A case study allows the delegates to undertake a simulated requirements engineering assignment to practise the new skills.
Leeds - City Exchange
From the train station
- Exit the train station and turn right along Wellington Street
- Cross the road to the Park Plaza Hotel and continue past it to Boar Lane
- Take the first road on your left, Albion Street
- The City Exchange building will be on your left
From the NCP car park
- Exit the car park using the north exit (i.e. don’t go back under the railway bridge)
- Turn left and go up the street with the car park building on your left
- Turn left on to Boar Street
- Turn right onto Albion Street (first street on the right)
- The City Exchange building is along Albion Street on your left
Leeds central station is a short walk from City Exchange. For train times and fares, see the National Rail website. (For walking directions from the station to the training centre, see above.)
Trains running along the East Coast Main Line, offers a service that can get you to London Kings Cross in less than two hours, and provide 26 Leeds – London journeys a day. Connections are made at York for journeys to and from Newcastle and Scotland.
The closest bus stop is Boar Lane T1. Head west along Boar Street and take the first road on the right, Albion Street. The City Exchange building will be on the left.
From M1 or M62 (to closest NCP car park)
- [From M62, take J29 onto M1 towards Leeds]
- Follow M1 to J43, taking M621 following signs to Leeds
- Leave the M621 at Exit 7, following signs to Central Leeds
- Merge onto Dewsbury Road (A653)
- Continue on to Victoria Road, then on to Neville Street
- Turn right onto Sovereign Street
- At the crossroads, turn left onto Swinegate
- The NCP car park will be on your right (under the tunnel)
The BCS Certificate in Requirements Engineering exam is taken on the final afternoon.
The format is a one hour, written, open book exam with 15 minutes reading time.
The Certificate is a core module for the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis.
You must bring photographic identification with you (passport, driving license or student card), as it is a BCS requirement to produce it for the invigilator prior to the exam. Failure to produce a valid form of photographic identification will result in a candidate not being able to sit the exam.
- The BCS allows additional time for candidates who have a disability or whose business language is not English. Candidates can request this additional time in line with the BCS reasonable adjustments policy.