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

When: 10th Jan 2018, 08:45 - 11th Jan 2018, 17:00
Where: BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA
Town/City: London
Organiser: BCS Quality Specialist Group
Price: BCS Members: Free of charge Non-Members: £40.00 (including VAT @ 20%)
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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.


  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

About Speaker: Tom Gilb

Tom GilbTom Gilb and Kai Gilb have, together with many professional friends and clients, personally developed the Agile methods they teach. The methods have been developed over five decades of practice all over the world in both small companies and projects, as well as in the largest companies and projects. Their website offers free papers, slides, and cases about Agile and other subjects.

There are many organisations, and individuals, who use some or all their methods. IBM and HP were two early corporate-wide adopters (1980, 1988). Recently (2012) over 15,000 engineers at Intel have voluntarily adopted the Planguage requirements specification methods; in addition to practicing to a lesser extent Evo, Spec QC and other Gilb methods.

Many other multinationals are in various phases of adopting and practicing the Gilb methods. Many smaller companies also use the methods. They have advised top management at UK Companies on Business Agile in 2013 and earlier.

Tom is the author of 10 published books, and hundreds of papers on Agile and related subjects. His latest book ‘Competitive Engineering’ (CE) is a detailed handbook on the standards for the 'Evo' (Evolutionary) Agile Method, and for Agile Spec QC. The CE book also, uniquely in the Agile community, defines an Agile Planning Language, called 'Planguage' for Quality Value Delivery Management.

His 1988 book, Principles of Software Engineering Management (in 20th Printing) is the publicly acknowledged source of inspiration from leaders in the Agile community (Beck, Highsmith, and many more), regarding iterative and incremental development methods. Research (Larman, Southampton University) has determined that Tom was the earliest published source campaigning for Agile methods (Evo) for IT and Software. His first 20-sprint agile (Evo) incremental value delivery project was done in 1960, in Oslo.

His new book Value Planning 2016 is available digitally ( and (discount for participants)

Tom has guest lectured at universities all over UK, Europe, China, India, USA, Korea - and has been a keynote speaker at dozens of technical conferences internationally. He did a TEDx talk in Trondheim in 2013.

Tom is an Honorary Fellow of the BCS.