Scope Management (Requirements Engineering) Training

Course Overview

We have decided to not "reinvent the wheel" and attempt a creation of a brand-new scope management process, especially considering the fact that all of the said processes have already been defined by the traditional school of project management.

In this workshop we will start by discussing how to collect project requirements and then move to defining scope, followed by the creation of the work breakdown structures. Finally, we will examine the verification and the control of the scope.

However, the majority of the course- approximately seventy per cent - will be dedicated to collecting requirements and defining product and project scope since they represent the bulk of the project scope management work undertaken on any project irrelevant of the industry or nature of the work involved.

Furthermore, the focus is exclusively on practical and sensible tools and techniques rather than academic theories that work great on paper, but unfortunately cannot be applied in real life.

Why Should You Attend?

Recent studies indicate that only 32% of our projects can be considered successful, while 44% are challenged (i.e. grossly over the budget and/or late) and 24% are outright failures (i.e. cancelled by the customers before they are even completed). Further research shows that the lion’s share of this lack of success can be attributed to poor requirements elicitation, insufficient planning and inadequate project control.

This course will demonstrate to the participants how to perform these tasks properly and efficiently by teaching them skills, tools, techniques and economic principles that transcend various company structures, environments and project management philosophies.

Benefits of the Course

Every course participant is expected to understand how to improve the quality of the products delivered on their projects, decrease project durations and budgets and improve both internal and external stakeholder satisfaction levels by learning the following techniques:

  • Understand different types of Requirements, Users and  Customers
  • Learn about High Level Scope Elicitation
  • Find out about effective Detailed Requirements Elicitation
  • Discover how to Document Requirements properly
  • Understand the key techniques of the Final Product Design
  • Learn about Work Breakdown Structures
  • Find out about great stakeholder and scope management methods
  • Understand how document walkthroughs, inspections and peer reviews can save you money and time on your projects

Who Should Attend?

  • Experienced requirements analysts in all industries
  • Experienced project managers
  • Individuals who have been recently promoted to the project management positions
  • Engineers, architects and the product managers who all had scope definition expertise for at least several centuries, but may benefit from 1) familiarizing themselves with the project management perspective on scope management and 2) learn some fresh new ideas from other fields, especially from software development
  • All developers, architects and testers who are essential to the success of any technology project
  • Technical people who have been recently promoted to the requirement analysts positions
  • Project managers who work on projects and frequently have to assume requirements  analysts responsibilities
  • Managers and directors who want to better understand the challenges faces by requirements engineers and want to learn some universal skills
  • Business representatives (e.g. sales, marketing and finance people) who frequently have to work with technical teams
  • Professionals who frequently have to assume project management responsibilities

Course Outline

  • Introductions
  • ŸRequirements, Users, Customers
  • ŸHigh Level Scope Elicitation
  • ŸDetailed Requirements Elicitation
  • ŸDocumenting Requirements
  • Final Product Design  
  • Work Breakdown Structures
  • ŸCustomer Walkthroughs, Technical Inspections and Peer Reviews
  • ŸWhy Should You Manage Scope and
  • Customer Expectations?
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