Requirements Validation

Download PDFRequirements validation improves the likelihood of project success, making sure that we are building the right solution and that the solution is usable, desirable, and meets the business needs and desired outcomes. The cost to correct a software defect may be as high as 2,900 times the cost to correct a requirement. This was reconfirmed in a recent study by Forrester Consulting.

The study concluded: “Organizations have boosted application delivery speed, but at the expense of the quality of specifications and requirements.

  • 42% are unable to keep up with new and changing requirements
  • 42% lack coordination among groups
  • 40% are held back by long documentation and approvals processes
  • 40% struggle to understand unclear requirements
  • 38% face risk and other impediments”

This course takes you through steps to avoid the issues and addresses the age old question, “How do I know I’m not missing any requirements?” There is no one silver bullet, but there are tools that can be adapted for your context. In this session you will learn a framework that guides you through your initiative/project to eliminate the chance of things going missing or not uncovered. Walk away knowing how to ensure that your requirements are validated.

Requirements Validation Learning Objectives

  • Learn a collaborative framework for ensuring “Good Solutions”.
  • Discover the types of validation and verification tools are appropriate for your context/project.
  • Be able to ensure that the solution meets the business stakeholder needs and desired outcomes.
  • Practice an approach to see how you can get continuous validation of requirements.
  • Learn how to identify the impacts to people, processes and other requirements as you work on new requirements or user stories.

Course Outline

Introduction.5 hours

  • Why are we performing Business Analysis?
  • Discuss the consequences of missing or incorrect requirements
  • Learn a collaborative framework for Ensuring “Good Solutions”

Scope Your Effort4 hours

  • Review components of Scope
  • Workshop: Project Scope based on case study or student project
    • Identify problems and/or opportunities
    • Identify key objectives
    • Identify capabilities affected by the problems/opportunities
    • Identify impacted parties and high-level data using the Context Level Data Flow Diagram
    • Identify business risks based on impacted parties

Determine the Analysis Approach3 hours

  • Analyze Scope to Determine Approach
    • Identify the project process (typically Waterfall or Iterative/Agile)
    • Identify key deliverables or artifacts for requirements
    • Identify key stakeholders involved and high-level communication plan
  • Discuss requirements by type to help ensure full requirements coverage
  • Review alternatives for eliciting and validating business, functional, and nonfunctional requirements to determine impacts due to new and changing requirements
  • Workshop: How to Approach a Solution
    • Develop an approach based on student project or case study
    • Use the Considerations for Analysis Worksheet to validate that requirements are sufficient for all stakeholders to gain a shared understanding and make decisions to implement build and solution

Determine Detailed Needs / Create Models5 hours

  • Workshop: Identify Detailed Needs
    • Work through the validation framework and your approach, producing sample deliverables for your project or a case study

Validate the Requirements1 hour

  • Define Validation of Requirements
  • Workshop: How to Validate
    • Identify acceptance criteria for functional requirements
    • Validate that the requirements produced are sufficient for all stakeholders to gain a shared understanding and to enable the development of the correct solution

Develop Your Action Plan / Course Summary.5 hours

  • Requirements validation summary
  • Develop an Action Plan with next steps on the student's current project
  • Student questions/discussion topics

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Elaina E.

    Our instructor was wonderful in explaining the key topics and keeping the class actively participating in the exercises. By actively completing activities, it forced me to apply the concepts. This was a great learning tool.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jay S.

    This was the best class I have attended in my ten years at my company.

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    Media T.

    Training with Kathy great. She did a good job. My biggest takeaway will be how to better elicit information from my PO. It really helped me to see that I need to dig more and helped me better understand my role as an analyst.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wendell G.

    I gained a great deal of knowledge from this class that I have utilized in developing requirements for the test plans I have built.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tracy H.

    Great instruction as well as a mix of teaching techniques that kept participants engaged throughout the week. I highly recommend this training. In fact, I already have recommended it. Thank you.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    James L.

    The examples used were broad enough to apply to a variety of jobs.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Saadia W.

    The course material was concise and effective.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Andrea K.

    This was one of the best classes I have ever taken. The information and exercises were on point with my everyday job and I really learned a lot. Kathy was an excellent instructor. She engages every person in the classroom, checks for understanding and does not ‘give’ the answer.

Requirements Validation Course Length: 2 days

Aug 28 - Aug 29, 2019 Live Virtual 9:00 - 5:00 EST Register
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Intended Audience

This course is designed for business analysts, quality analysts, project managers, or anyone interested in improving and validating the quality of their requirements.

Prerequisites We recommend that the Business Analyst has already attended our Essential Skills for Business Analysis class or have equivalent experience before enrolling for this course.
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