What is the degree of overlap between PPI’s 5-Day Systems Engineering course and PPI’s 5-day Requirements Analysis & Specification Writing course?

Both Requirements Analysis and Specification Writing are critically important sub-disciplines within Systems Engineering, therefore, these disciplines are covered in both courses.

In the 5-Day Systems Engineering course, Requirements Analysis is put in context in the first 2 days of the course. Then, 1.7 days is devoted to “how to do requirements analysis capture and validation of the information content of requirements”. This depth of coverage is sufficient for delegates to go away with new insights, and importantly, new skills, in performing Requirements Analysis. Workshops are used extensively, based on a single system that is taken through Requirements Analysis then subsequently Design.

In the 5-Day Systems Engineering course, Specification Writing is put in context in the first 2 days of the course. Specification Writing is then touched upon incidentally in Requirements Analysis, especially in parsing analysis, and in the “clean-up” activity, a related handout for which lists problematic English: parts of words, words and phrases, and the checks that are done regarding adequacy of language in relation to use of these words (etc.).

In the 5-day Systems Engineering course, a revised requirements specification for the course system is distributed to, and inspected by, delegates, on Day 4 of the course. More general advice on specification writing is then provided on Day 5 (last day) of the course, over 10-15 minutes.

In the 5-Day of the Requirements Analysis & Specification Writing course, Requirements Analysis and Specification Writing are put in context in the first 0.8 days of the course. Focus is then given to the types of requirements and their significance to the roles of the requirements analyst, specification writer, and designer. This session concludes with a workshop. Subsequently, 2-2.5 days are devoted to “how to do requirements analysis capture and validation of the information content of requirements”. This is a significantly greater depth of coverage compared with the systems engineering course. Workshops are again used extensively, based on a single system, almost always a different system to the system used for the systems engineering course. There are more, and longer, workshops in requirements analysis compared with the systems engineering course. Overall, the RA&SW5D course provides greater depth in requirements analysis than does the Systems Engineering course.

The feedback from delegates who participated in both courses has mostly been that they appreciated the revision and extra depth in requirements analysis whilst about 10% of delegates have regarded the overlap as excessive for their purposes.

In the 5-Day Requirements Analysis and Specification Writing course, hugely more coverage is given to the structuring of system and software requirements specifications, and specifications of services. Similarly, almost a day is devoted to advice on the use of language (English) in expressing requirements pitfalls and pointers. There is also substantial coverage of writing non-requirements sections of requirements specifications scope, applicable documents, definitions, notes, (etc.).

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