Every interface is an opportunity to lose information, time, control and/or money through error or contention between stakeholders at each end. There are many issues surrounding interface engineering and management, which are relatively unexplored in the engineering literature. This is surprising, since integration across interfaces is nearly always a source of delays, missing functionality or poor performance in the introduction of new systems.
This course, over two days or four half-days, is simple enough to give anyone with good common sense and a modicum of technical knowledge and engineering practice a clear understanding of how to approach the definition and management of interfaces.
The modules are presented in a logical order, comparable to those processes that are followed in a well-run project. There is a worked case study used as a central theme, and as a basis for ten “learning by doing” workshops.
A useful set of templates and guidelines for writing interface specification documents is also included, as “handouts” and as an online resource.