Introduction to Requirements Analysis

a seminar presented over one day

Presented by Mr. Robert Halligan FIE Aust, Mr Alwyn Smit Pr Eng CSEP or Mr. Clive Tudge CEng MIET


Requirements analysis is a discipline practiced by many, mastered by surprisingly few. And yet, the payoff from achieving excellence in this area is huge.

This short Requirements Analysis seminar addresses highly effective tools for both the capture of requirements, and for validation of those requirements, in any scenario involving the receipt of requirements from one or more stakeholders who have a need. Effectiveness of the techniques, collectively comprising a complete methodology, is independent of the domain of application, and independent of the specifics of the need. The techniques which are taught have been used with great success in many different requirements scenarios.

Seminar Availability

This seminar is available world-wide for public and on-site delivery (i.e. at client-provided facilities).

Who Should Attend This Seminar?

This short seminar “Introduction to Requirements Analysis” is intended for anybody who seeks an introduction to the subject, most likely acquirer, supplier and developer personnel who, in any capacity, deal with requirements.

The seminar will be of particular interest to those who do not necessarily seek to develop deep skills in requirements analysis, but who need to understand the key issues and the principles. Relevant job titles or roles could include marketing managers, marketing staff, business analysts, project sponsors, project managers and their requirements analysts, technical managers, system engineers, software systems engineers, engineers of all other types, stakeholders in the product being developed such as users and manufacturing planners and engineers, and those responsible for the development of policy and processes in the fields of development, acquisition, and supply.

People who seek to develop or increase substantial skills in requirements analysis may prefer to attend PPI’s 5-day Requirements Analysis and Specification Writing workshop, or the 3-day Requirements Analysis module thereof.

Seminar Method and Materials

A workshop approach is combined with presentation segments to lead delegates through a complete requirements analysis for a single physical system.

Delegates are provided with a set of bound seminar notes covering the presentation material and workshop exercises, a Workshop Workbook, a CD-ROM of relevant requirements engineering resources, and other materials and checklists for future reference and use.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this seminar, delegates are expected to have a familiarity with “THE REQUIREMENTS PROBLEM”, be aware of the existence of effective and efficient methods of addressing that problem, and understand the general concepts of an effective approach.

Delegates are not expected to have substantial skills in performing requirements analysis.

Some Key Questions

  • What is the role of requirements analysis in achieving project success?
  • How do we know if we have a requirements problem?
  • What is the return on investment from conducting requirements analysis?
  • What are the different types of requirements, and why are the differences so important?
  • What other information defines “the problem”, beyond requirements?
  • Why is elicitation of requirements nowhere near enough?
  • How can I conduct requirements analysis, efficiently and effectively?
  • Why are use cases, as traditionally developed, usually of limited value?
  • How do I know when to stop analysing?

Requirements Analysis Seminar Outline

0. Why Emphasize Requirements

  • lessons from projects

1. Requirements Within the System Life Cycle

  • defining the problem domain
  • the origin of requirements

2. Terminology

  • requirements, needs, measures of effectiveness, goals, expectations, constraints

3. Types of Requirements

  • eight basic types and their significance
  • differences for software
  • differences for services

4. The Quality of Requirements

  • requirements quality attributes
    • correctness
    • completeness
    • consistency
    • clarity
    • non-ambiguity
    • traceability
    • testability
    • feasibility
    • freedom from process
    • functional orientation

5. Requirements Analysis Methodology

  • context analysis
  • workshop - context analysis
  • design requirements analysis
  • workshop - design requirements analysis
  • states & modes analysis
  • requirements parsing analysis
  • requirements quality metrics
  • workshop - parsing analysis
  • functional analysis
  • workshop - functional analysis
  • measuring requirements quality
  • rest of scenario analysis
  • ERA analysis
  • out-of-range analysis
  • stakeholder value analysis
  • operational concept description
  • clean-up

6. Management of Requirements Analysis

  • managing resolution of requirements issues

7. Bibliography and Action Plan

About our Seminar Presenters

Mr. Clive Tudge, CEng MIET.

Clive Tudge is a professional Chartered Engineer with considerable national and International experience in senior project management, engineering management, and more recently, training positions in industry and government.

Clive obtained his College Diploma at the College of Electronics, which was then attached to the Ministry of Defence in the U.K. The Diploma qualified him as a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE), which is now known as the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Clive has been on the Committee of the IET in Queensland for the last 20 years, and for three of these years was the President.

Prior to arriving in Australia, in Europe Clive held many senior Project Director positions in the aviation sector on projects such as the Tornado, Jaguar and Hawk aircraft. In Germany, he was the Senior Project Director on a unique Fly-By-Wire Flight Control System for the Typhoon Eurofighter Project, and Project Manager on various systems for the European Tiger Helicopter.

In Australia, Clive has worked with many government agencies and industrial companies including Ansett Technologies, Datacraft, Queensland Rail, Brisbane City Council, Telstra, Optus, QANTAS, Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) and Energex, helping to bring projects to a successful conclusion. Clive has founded, and has run, successful software development companies, completing complex software-intensive projects on time, within budget and satisfying customer needs.

Clive has been involved in all aspects of procurement from requirements definition and requirements analysis and through to operational support. He has performed roles from software engineer through to Project Chief Engineer and Project Director on multi-million dollar projects. Key skill areas include: project management, systems process evaluation, risk management, system engineering design and acceptance, systems engineering training, airworthiness analysis, communications systems, engineering change management, flight testing and systems process auditing.

Mr. Robert Halligan, FIE Aust.

An executive professional manager and engineering practitioner, Mr. Robert Halligan is known worldwide for his role in the practice and improvement of major projects. His work was initially with government and major transnational companies. For the last 24 years, he has worked in a consulting and training capacity, delivering an extensive training program on six continents.

Robert worked extensively in the United States and the United Kingdom. He was an Australian delegate to the ISO SC7 WG7 developing the international system life cycle processes standard, ISO/IEC 15288 and was a key reviewer of EIA 632 (Engineering of Systems) and EIA 731 (Systems Engineering Capability Model). He was a member of a small team which updated IEEE 1220 (Standard for Application and Management of the Systems Engineering Process). Robert was a member of the Board of Directors of the 7000-member International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).

He has led numerous requirements analysis efforts, on projects of up to $1B. As a hands-on engineering manager, he is expert in the strengths and weaknesses of a wide range of commercial and military specification standards. A sought-after consultant, Robert developed, on behalf of an industry client, the procedures used for a multi-million dollar requirements analysis effort, conducted training of client staff in requirements analysis and led the analysis of critical system requirements. He has consulted extensively in the area of requirements quality and its relationship to project risk. He has prepared or reviewed well over 100 significant requirements specifications. His short tutorials and longer workshops on aspects of systems and requirements engineering are popular worldwide.

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