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BCS Requirements Engineering training course gives delegates a solid grounding in a range of techniques for revealing, analysing and documenting business and system requirements, in addition to gaining a BCS accreditation that is highly regarded by prestigious UK employers.
This course includes the BCS Certificate in Requirements Engineering.
The course examines a range of elicitation techniques and examines how to record user requirements for an information system. Key areas covered include prioritising requirements, resolving conflicting requirements, and linking project objectives and requirements to the business case.
Holders of the Certificate in Requirements Engineering will be able to:
- Act as an effective member of a team involved in eliciting and recording user requirements for an information system.
- Recognise the nature of the requirements and the knowledge type to which they belong.
- Be familiar with a range of elicitation techniques and know how to apply them effectively.
- Record and prioritise requirements, and be able to recognise and help resolve conflicting requirements.
- Link project objectives/requirements to the business case.
The role of the analyst:
- The role and competencies of an analyst.
- Developing analyst competencies.
The requirements engineering process:
- The importance of requirements engineering.
- A framework for requirements engineering
- Characteristics of requirements engineering.
Actors and viewpoints:
- Stakeholders in business analysis projects.
- Roles and responsibilities in the requirements engineering process.
- Context diagrams and stakeholders.
- The importance of the project initiation stage.
- The project initiation document.
- The use of workshops to elicit, analyse and negotiate requirements.
- Structure of a facilitated workshop.
- Workshop rules.
- Facilitation skills.
- Stimulating creative thinking.
- Structure of a fact-finding interview.
- Questioning techniques.
- Documenting interviews.
- General business requirements.
- Functional and non-functional requirements.
- Techinical requirements.
- The requirements catalogue.
- Interpreting class diagrams.
- Scoping systems and documenting requirements with use cases.
Other requirements elicitation techniques:
- Observation and ethnographic studies.
- Activity sampling.
- Document and data source analysis.
- Choosing the appropriate technique/s.
- Examining the requirements catalogue.
- Prioritising requirements (MoSCow).
- Checking for ambiguity and lack of clarity.
- Testability of requirements.
Scenarios and prototyping:
- The use of scenarios to explore requirements.
- Use case descriptions as a method of documenting scenarios.
- The use of prototyping to explore requirements.
- Types of prototyping (throwaway, evolutionary, etc.)
- The dangers and difficulties of prototyping; managing prototyping exercises.
- Change and version control of requirements.
- Requirements traceability.
- The use of CASE tools in requirements engineering.
- Validation techiniques.
- Quality control in requirements engineering.
Requirements and systems development:
- Development lifecycles.
- The link between requirements and systems development.
- Post-implementation review.
Who Should attend?
- Professionals seeking to improve their business analysis skills and knowledge
- Project experts including project managers, project support staff and project analysts
- Business experts including product owners, subject matter experts (SMEs), business change managers, senior users, project stakeholders
- IT experts including systems architects, software developers, testers, support and trainers
- Practising business analysts – experienced or junior
There are no formal prerequisites to attend the course but most delegates have a graduate-level education and some business experience.
- Teaching by a real expert… all of our lecturers have years of practical business analysis and teaching experience
- Learning in a small class (maximum class size is 12) with time for discussion
- Courseware containing notes, case studies, and sample BCS exams
- Plenty of individual and small group case study exercises with worked solutions
- BCS “Business Analysis” book as pre-reading with your first Simetral course
- Suggested answers for practice exams and tutor support in preparing to sit the exam
- Refreshments and lunch
- A convenient central London location
- Exam fee
- Choice of whether to take the exam immediately after the course or at a later date
- Continuing support as you progress to the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis