Advanced Requirements Analysis: How to make sense of unclear and incomplete requirements

When: 29th Aug 2017, 00:00 - 30th Aug 2017, 23:59
Where: BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA
Town/City: London
Organiser: Joint BCS Quality Specialist Group and YPG
Price: BCS Members: Free of charge Non-Members: £40.00 (including VAT @ 20%)
Further Information: Further Information

This is a joint BCS Quality Specialist Group and YPG event.


If you book, and are unable to attend, please cancel your booking via the BCS site and contact "Soheir Ghallab" <>, who is our committee member looking after Tom’s courses. There is normally a waiting list for Tom’s courses

Please bring, if possible, a laptop or tablet etc. so you can access fully the presentation and other documentation. As well as Tools for smart advanced quality and cost decision-making and communication or presentation. Please note that no lunch will be provided


Our experience, and perhaps yours, is that Top Level IT project requirements are a useless mess. We can certainly blame our management, but it might be more useful to deal with the ‘bad inputs you have’; make sense of them, and perhaps even get management buy in to your efforts. The ‘Top Level’ IT project requirements are those that are the primary expectation from your project sponsors, funders and other critical stakeholders. They define project success, and failure.

This course will present specific practical methods for analysing whatever requirements sources you can find, finding more relevant requirements that are below your radar, and organising them, clarifying them, enriching them, and quality controlling them.

The entire ‘better requirements’ subject is vast. So, in this day, we will give specific actions, some examples, and then access to extensive written advice, to complete your knowledge.

Content. (About one classroom hour each)

  1. Overview of basic principles of advanced requirements analysis.
  2. Identification methods: how to spot real requirements
  3. Sorting methods: stakeholders, and levels of responsibility
  4. Clarification methods: ‘perfect' understanding and testability
  5. Enhancement Methods: adding data for risk and priority management
  6. Presentation Methods: getting your ‘new’ picture across to others
  7. Quality Control Methods: measuring and motivating requirement quality