The Definitive Guide to Web Project Requirements Gathering
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The Definitive Guide to Web Project Requirements Gathering

Poor requirements is the most common reason why projects fail. Learn how to avoid making very expensive mistakes.
4.5 (40 ratings)
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287 students enrolled
Created by Ian Sharp
Last updated 12/2013
English
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn how to start a web project to ensure success
  • Know why getting requirements right is critical to project success
  • Reduce the risk of missing any important requirements
  • Learn about different requirement types
  • Learn the many sources where requirements can be found
  • Learn a variety of different techniques to discover requirements
  • Learn how to structure and document requirements
  • Learn how to effectively prioritise
  • Understand how the process differs depending on the project lifecycle
  • Learn how to gain buy-in from stakeholders and the project team
  • Learn the many valuable uses for a set of requirements
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Requirements
  • Your attention and some earphones
Description

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.

Please be aware that the course looks best viewed in HD.

Who is the target audience?
  • Digital Design Agencies
  • Small Business Owners
  • Project Managers
  • Project Stakeholders
  • Business Analyst Beginner
  • Anyone about to start a web project or build a website
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Curriculum For This Course
26 Lectures
02:14:44
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Background & Theory: Why Creating Quality Requirements are Vital to Success
6 Lectures 22:47

00:00 - Course intro

00:12 - Welcome and context to the course.

What lies at the heart of a requirements gathering exercise

Preview 01:29

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

What you will learn taking this course
03:03

00:00 - Achieving project success

01:46 - The age old problem

Preview 03:06

00:00 - Course syllabus

01:42 - The requirements gathering theory

02:16 - A project's business drivers

Requirement Gathering Theory and Business Drivers
06:02

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

Preview 07:00

Project Costs
1 question

00:00 - Industry research results

01:05 - A lesson from Nasa

01:42 - The successful projcet

Advice and Lessons from the Field
02:07
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Requirement Types: Thinking about Requirements from Different Perspectives
3 Lectures 24:09

00:00 - Section 2 introduction

00:13 - Improving requirements gathering

01:37 - What not to do and the requirement gathering mantra

Continuous Improvement and the Key Principles
02:25

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

The Five Types of Requirements
12:49

00:00 - Requirements for the web

07:36 - All requirement types

07:59 - The 3 stages of requirements gathering

Web Requirements and the Three Step Process
08:55
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Requirement Gathering: Sources and Techniques to Find all the Requirements
6 Lectures 45:18

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

How and Where to get Objectives
09:26

00:00 - Techniques and sources of requirements

Requirement Gathering Techniques and Sources of Requirements
03:07

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

Gathering Techniques and Sources of Requirements in Detail
15:53

00:00 - Workshops vs Meetings

01:53 - Tips for running a facilitated workshop

04:35 - What workshops to run

How to Run a Successful Workshop
05:57

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?

Using Techniques that are Right for your Project
02:56

A High Quality Requirement
1 question

00:00 - A better requirement

03:09 - Recording requirements

07:04 - What Henry Ford said...

How to Make and Document High Quality Requirements
07:59
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Requirements Analysis: How to Ensure Quality Requirements and Prioritise
3 Lectures 14:00

00:00 - Section 4 introduction

00:13 - Capturing everything

00:45 - Requirements analysis

How to Analyse Requirements
06:41

00:00 - Wants vs needs

00:57 - Requirement priorities

04:42 - Requirement conflicts

How to Prioritise Requirements
06:06

Requirement Conflicts
1 question

00:00 - Settling the matter

How to Manage Requirement Conflicts
01:13
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Requirements Validation: Validating Requirements and Achieving Buy-in
1 Lecture 05:58

00:00 - Section 5 introduction

00:09 - Requirement validation

03:14 - Requirement gathering challenges

How to Validate Requirements and Be Aware of the Challenges
05:58
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Project Lifecycles:
1 Lecture 09:45

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

How to Gather Requirements in Waterfall and Agile Projects
09:45
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What's Next: The Many Uses of a Great Set of Requirements
4 Lectures 11:46

00:00 - Section 7 introduction

00:20 - Setting the scope

02:48 - Managing requirements

Setting the Scope and Managing Requirements
04:56

00:00 - What can be done with the requirements

Putting Requirements to Good Use
02:22

Course Recap: What Have we Learned?
03:04

00:00 - Choose your business tools

00:43 - Final words

Final Words
01:24
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Download Section
1 Lecture 00:21
Course Download Material
00:21
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Show your Appreciation
1 Lecture 00:23
Feedback: The Breakfast of Champions
00:23
About the Instructor
Ian Sharp
4.5 Average rating
40 Reviews
287 Students
1 Course
Project Manager, Business Analyst and Startup Founder

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.