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.
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  • Lectures 26
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 11/2013 English

Course 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."

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* 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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What are the requirements?

  • Your attention and some earphones

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

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

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Background & Theory: Why Creating Quality Requirements are Vital to Success

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

Project Costs
1 question

00:00 - Industry research results

01:05 - A lesson from Nasa

01:42 - The successful projcet

Section 2: Requirement Types: Thinking about Requirements from Different Perspectives

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

Section 3: Requirement Gathering: Sources and Techniques to Find all the Requirements

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?

A High Quality Requirement
1 question

00:00 - A better requirement

03:09 - Recording requirements

07:04 - What Henry Ford said...

Section 4: Requirements Analysis: How to Ensure Quality Requirements and Prioritise

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

Requirement Conflicts
1 question

00:00 - Settling the matter

Section 5: Requirements Validation: Validating Requirements and Achieving Buy-in

00:00 - Section 5 introduction

00:09 - Requirement validation

03:14 - Requirement gathering challenges

Section 6: Project Lifecycles:

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

Section 7: What's Next: The Many Uses of a Great Set of Requirements

00:00 - Section 7 introduction

00:20 - Setting the scope

02:48 - Managing requirements


00:00 - What can be done with the requirements

Course Recap: What Have we Learned?

00:00 - Choose your business tools

00:43 - Final words

Section 8: Download Section
Course Download Material
Section 9: Show your Appreciation
Feedback: The Breakfast of Champions

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Instructor Biography

Ian Sharp, 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.

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