Specification Writing

Learn in depth and practice via this 2-day course how to convert requirements information into effective requirements specifications.

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The two-day Specification Writing course provides detailed instructions on the conversion of requirements into highly effective requirements specifications. Issues of structure (organization of information) and the use of (English) language throughout a requirements specification are examined in considerable detail. Public domain specification standards are overviewed and compared. High quality templates/guides are provided for the specification of systems, software, interfaces and services, respectively, with examples.

  • This course qualifies with Engineers Australia and IPENZ for CPD (16 hours)
  • This course may be credited toward the maintenance of the INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) certification for 16 Professional Development Units
  • This course may qualify for CPD, CLP and similar purposes with other organizations (16 instructor hours)
  • Some other programs may qualify for credits – please check with us if you are unsure

THIS COURSE IS AVAILABLE FOR CORPORATE TRAINING ONLY.

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Key Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, delegates are expected to:

  • have the knowledge and understanding of the principles of writing good requirements in English, including many specific language issues
  • an understanding of how to effectively structure requirements specifications

On-the-job experience and ongoing learning will be supported by extensive course resources.

Training Method and Materials

This course provides detailed instructions on the conversion of requirements into highly effective requirements specifications. Issues of structure (organization of information) and the use of (English) language throughout a requirements specification are examined in considerable detail. Public domain specification standards are overviewed and compared. High quality templates/guides are provided for the specification of systems, software, interfaces and services, respectively, with examples.

This course is strongly activity oriented throughout. The techniques of specification writing, which are taught have been used to great effect in scenarios, which include acquisition, supply, product definition (both hardware and software), enterprise internal projects, business analysis and engineering projects of diverse types, large and small.

Each delegate will be provided with:

  • comprehensive course notes
  • a workbook containing workshop exercises
  • workshop model solutions
  • checklists, forms and charts which you can use immediately in your projects
  • complimentary access to PPI's evolving Systems Engineering Goldmine

Who Should Attend this Course

Specification Writing is designed for acquirer, supplier and developer personnel who, in any capacity, deal with requirements.

1. Preparing for Transformation of Requirements into Requirements Specifications

  • what is a requirements specification?
  • how requirements specifications relate to requirements
  • how requirements specifications relate to configuration baselines
  • preparing for the transition from requirements to requirements specification
  • using a requirements database to automate requirements specification production

2. Requirements Flowdown into System Element Requirements Specifications

  • the specification tree
  • special considerations for interface requirements

3. Requirements Specification Types

  • types of requirements specification
  • IEEE specification standards
  • US Military and other international specification standards
  • score sheet for public domain specification standards

4. Structuring your Requirements Specification

  • what to put in your system requirements specification, the statement of work (or equivalent) and the conditions of contract
  • workshop - allocating requirements to solicitation documents
  • structuring a statement of work
  • structuring a system requirements specification
  • dealing with variants
  • workshop - writing a scope section to deal with variants
  • states and modes
  • workshop - structuring a specification to deal with states, modes and functions
  • functional versus design oriented specifications
    • differences
    • when to use each type
  • function and performance
  • workshop - classifying specified requirements as functional or design
  • workshop - writing a functionally-oriented requirements specification
  • workshop - writing a design-oriented requirements specification
  • other requirements types
  • annexes, appendices and applicable documents

5. Requirements Specification Writing

  • review of requirements quality
  • requirement structural template
  • workshop - writing requirements using the parsing template
  • requirements constructs
    • shall, should, will, and may
    • linking
    • cross-referencing
    • workshop - using precedence
    • defining terms
    • workshop - defining terms
    • context dependence
    • reference to applicable documents
  • use of precedence
  • workshop - linking and cross-referencing
  • using success criteria to express otherwise vague requirements
  • workshop - using success criteria
  • workshop - a requirement specification in a sentence
  • paragraph headings
  • use of supporting data
    • mission profiles/use cases
    • baseline designs
    • benchmarks
  • linking the specification to the statement of work or conditions of contract
  • verification specifications
  • optional workshop - evaluation of example specifications

6. In Closing

  • additional reference material

Featured Course Reviews

Great material and the knowledge of the presenter. The course provided very valuable information that will be put to use immediately.

Anthony

I learned a great deal about my co-workers by observing their reactions to the course material – an invaluable part of the course for me. I will also benefit from the templates and other example/reference material. Being able to use these tools or standard templates will also be highly beneficial.

Jane

Good structure in the course, supplemented by professional course material, presented by a presenter who knew what he was talking about.

Luke

Great material and the knowledge of the presenter. The course provided very valuable information that will be put to use immediately.

Kate

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