Eliciting Business Requirements

Why take this course?

After completing this course, you will be able to use the following techniques:
  • Document Analysis
  • Requirements Interviews
  • Requirements Workshops
You will also have a detailed understanding of:
  • Prototyping and User Interface Analysis
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Process Observation
  • Focus Groups
You will leave this two-day class with the all the skills you need to dig business requirements out of virtually any source: people, documentation, system exploration.
Perhaps the single most difficult project phase is gathering and managing business and system requirements. There may be many people involved, each with their own often conflicting expectations and needs. This course examines several facets of the process, taking the view that gathering requirements is a consultative activity. It presents several methods, models and techniques to help you work with the business as consultants. After taking this course, you will have the skills needed to plan for elicitation activities, clarify requirements as you go, and provide clear and accurate feedback throughout the elicitation process.
Who should attend?
Business Analysts (BA) and Business Systems Analysts (BSA) who will be responsible for gathering requirement information from a variety of sources. Also of value to end users who will be explaining business requirements, and to Developers and Testers who may need to gather their own requirements or who are interested in expanding their role into the business realm.
Any prerequisites?
Working experience as a BA or BSA is highly recommended. If you are familiar with problem solving techniques like brainstorming and comfortable facilitating a small group, you should get along just fine.

Dates and Fees

2 Days   ? - $ 737 (CAD)  ? Up to 3 - $ 1,477 Up to 6 - $ 2,214    ? Plus - $ 367
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What Topics are covered?

Elicitation Process
  • Where Does Elicitation Fit?
  • The 4 steps:
    • Prepare
    • Conduct
    • Document
    • Confirm
  • Identify Stakeholders
  • Overview of Techniques
Document Analysis
  • What it is
  • When to use it
  • The Document Analysis Process
  • Who is involved
  • Pros and Cons
Reverse Engineering
  • What it is; What it isn't
  • When to use It
  • Playing with the System
  • Who is Involved
  • Pros and Cons
Requirements Interviews
  • What is an 'Interview'
  • When to use it
  • The Process
    • When should it happen?
    • Where should it happen?
    • Preparing Questions
    • Open vs Closed Questions
    • Documenting and Confirming the Results
  • Who is involved
  • Interviewing DOs and DON'Ts
  • Pros and Cons
  • What it is
  • Different types of prototype
  • When to use it
  • The process
  • Who is involved
  • Pros and Cons
Requirements Workshops
  • What it is
  • When to use it
  • The Process
    • Workshop planning
    • Roles of participants
    • Managing the meeting
    • Following up
  • Who is involved
  • Workshop DOs and DON'Ts
  • Pros and Cons
Additional Techniques
  • Brainstorming
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Example Question
  • Formats
  • Observation
  • Focus Groups
  • Interface Identification
Applying What You've Learned
  • Overview of techniques
  • When to use each technique