All project failures can be traced back to when they started. If you miss something vital, are unsure or underestimate what needs to be done, then your project is certain to run into difficulties.
If you take this course from beginning to end, then you will understand what needs to happen at the beginning of a project and avoid major disasters later on.
This course is an absolute must for anyone working on a web project. The small investment in taking this course, could avoid making very expensive mistakes.
With 25 years of project experience and working with companies from startups to global corporations, this course is built based on what actually works in the field.
The advice given is not overly prescriptive. Instead, it provides options so you can decide which techniques and tools fit best with your environment and the way that you work. No prior knowledge is needed; we'll explain the background and what to do, step by step.
The Definitive Guide to Web Project Requirements Gathering has been adopted and is endorsed by Cambridge University Press. The course was adopted before embarking on a significant digital project. Chris Fell, the Publishing Director has this to say about the course.
"The Definitive Guide to Web Project Requirements Gathering" highlights many of the issues, best practices and pitfalls that can be encountered in a digital development. We have found it a very helpful introduction for business users."
Enrol in this course now.
* We'll teach you how to spend time & money only working on the most important things.
* Learn where to look for requirements and who you need to speak to
* Learn how to run the requirements discovery process
* Understand how the process varies when using different project approaches
* Get inspired by understanding the benefits of using collaboration techniques.
If there is one most significant factor that differentiates a successful project from an unsuccessful one - it is the quality of the requirements that matters. And industry research backs up this claim. Lessons from this course can help prevent expensive project mistakes.
This might just be the essential course that you never knew you needed. Who knows, if you acquire these skills you may even find yourself a new job or be able to offer a valuable new service to your company or for new and existing clients.
Ian will be happy to answer any questions you have when taking this course.
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00:00 - Course intro
00:12 - Welcome and context to the course.
What lies at the heart of a requirements gathering exercise
Course Learning Outcomes
1. Learn why getting requirements right is critical to project success
2. Reduce the risk of missing any important requirements
3. Learn the different types of requirements
4. Learn the many sources when requirements can be found
5. Learn a variety of different techniques to discover your requirements
6. Learn how to structure and document requirements
7. Learn how to effectively prioritise requirements
8. Understand how the process differs depending on the project lifecycle
9. Learn how to gain buy-in from stakeholders and the project team
10. Learn how to plan to gather your requirements
00:00 - Achieving project success
01:46 - The age old problem
00:00 - Course syllabus
01:42 - The requirements gathering theory
02:16 - A project's business drivers
00:00 - What are objectives and requirements?
01:31 - Why we need high quality requirements
02:10 - Why projects go wrong
04:47 - How do project costs change
00:00 - Industry research results
01:05 - A lesson from Nasa
01:42 - The successful projcet
00:00 - Section 2 introduction
00:13 - Improving requirements gathering
01:37 - What not to do and the requirement gathering mantra
00:00 - The five requirement types
00:35 - Functional requirements
01:17 - Non-functional requirements
04:13 - Technical requirements
06:39 - Content requirements
08:47 - General requirements
00:00 - Requirements for the web
07:36 - All requirement types
07:59 - The 3 stages of requirements gathering
00:00 - Section 3 introduction
00:09 - Gathering the requirements
02:10 - Capturing the project objectives
03:32 - Who do we need to speak to?
06:01 - Who to consult with first
00:00 - Techniques and sources of requirements
00:00 - Reports
01:04 - Activity data
04:30 - Personas
05:58 - Surveys
07:08 - Observation
09:48 - Competitor analysis
10:52 - Interviews
13:47 - Facilitated workshops
00:00 - Workshops vs Meetings
01:53 - Tips for running a facilitated workshop
04:35 - What workshops to run
00:00 - Running briefing sessions
00:41 - Focus groups and groupthink
01:40 - Choosing your requirement gathering techniques
02:16 - What is a good requirement?
00:00 - A better requirement
03:09 - Recording requirements
07:04 - What Henry Ford said...
00:00 - Section 4 introduction
00:13 - Capturing everything
00:45 - Requirements analysis
00:00 - Wants vs needs
00:57 - Requirement priorities
04:42 - Requirement conflicts
00:00 - Settling the matter
00:00 - Section 5 introduction
00:09 - Requirement validation
03:14 - Requirement gathering challenges
00:00 - Section 6 Introduction
00:14 - Requirements and the project lifecycle
00:49 - Waterfall requirements
02:45 - Agile requirements
07:15 - Waterfall vs Agile
00:00 - Section 7 introduction
00:20 - Setting the scope
02:48 - Managing requirements
00:00 - What can be done with the requirements
00:00 - Choose your business tools
00:43 - Final words
Over 30 years working in the IT and digital project management business.
I started out as a software programmer and analyst working in the UK, Europe and North America. After a few years programming I became a project manager and implemented large back office systems for clients.
In 1997 I became a freelance consultant and founded an internet startup. After a few years of trading, the startup formed a business partnership with the UK’s leading consumer magazine publisher.
As a freelance consultant my clients range from one man startups to global corporations and I’m pleased to have gained experience from working with the very large and the very small.
In 2007 I studied to become a business analyst. I also helped 100s of my client’s staff to adopt new project management and business analysis practices. I am a qualified Business Analyst, Agile and Prince2 project management practitioner.
I'm currently working on a start-up venture and as a freelance consultant.