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Tutorial 1: Aligning Software Development Projects With Business Needs A Simple & Effective Requirements Definition Methodology

 

Target Audience:
Project Managers, Business Analysts, CIOs, CTOs

Level: Any

What will you learn :

  • Criticality of effective requirements definition to the success of a software development project 
  • Common reasons behind ineffective requirements definition
  • Imperatives of effective requirements definition
  • A simple and effective methodology for precise and complete business requirements definition, including
    • Business processes identification

    • Business processes definition

    • Identification of software requirements and scope from business processes definitions

    • Requirements documentation

    • Requirements validation

  • Requirements capturing sessions facilitation skills
  • Requirements documentation templates that are business user friendly (for review and validation) as well as dovetail into technical design phase

Description:
The number of software projects that fail due to poor requirements definition is staggering. The need for methodical requirements specification is underscored by a basic fact - if a project team does not do a good job of identifying what is needed, it will not be able to deliver the desired results no matter how skilled it is in the how part (the technical know-how). This tutorial will introduce a comprehensive and proven methodology to capture the business requirements and get them validated by the business users, which has evolved through years of experience and incorporates several best practices.

Outline:

  • A software project is a failure if it does not solve the business problem, even if it completes on time within budge
  • Quantum of waste due to software projects failing due to ineffective requirements definition
  •  Common reasons behind ineffective requirements definition
  •  Imperatives of effective requirements definition
  •  A simple and effective methodology for precise and complete business requirements definition, including
    • Business processes identification

    • Business processes definition

    • Identification of software requirements and scope from  business processes definitions

    • Requirements documentation

    • Requirements validation

    • Requirements capturing sessions facilitation skills

  • Requirements documentation templates that are business user friendly (for review and validation) as well as dovetail into technical design phase

Prerequisites:
Experience with software development.

Presenter:
Tarun Talwar
, President & CEO
Mindspan Systems Inc. 

Founder and president of Mindspan Systems, an Atlanta based custom software solutions and consulting firm. Twenty years of experience in IT industry, including the past ten years in USA and prior to that in Europe, India and South East Asia. Providing active leadership and supervision to solutions design and development for clients as well as building the knowledge capital of the group, including best practices, processes, methodologies and technologies. On the board of directors of SPIN Atlanta (Software Process Improvement Network).