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Gathering Business Requirements  (back)
This two day course was redesigned in 2015 (November 8 and 9, 2016) especially for UW-Madison to help those involved in or responsible for gathering requirements for the multitude of current campus projects/initiatives. This course is sponsored and funded by the University of Wisconsin-Madison - CIO Office and is being offered at no charge to the campus community in recognition of the importance of this work.

Note: When you click on either date of the course and then click on "Register" you will automatically be registered for both days of this course.

Day One - Foundation Topics:

  • The effects poorly identified requirements have on project success

  • How requirements are used on both Agile projects and phase based or waterfall projects

  • Identifying sponsor requirements through constraints analysis

  • Visual tools for requirements gathering including process maps, data flow diagrams, and decomposition diagrams

  • Stakeholder identification and prioritization tools

  • Developing questions for one-on-one and focus group interviews

  • Leading structured interviews to unearth requirements using a step ladder interview approach

  • Organizing and categorizing the results of interview sessions in a way that helps create successful project outcomes

  • Affinity diagramming and user story mapping as tools to organize requirements feedback

Day Two - Advanced Topics:

  • Prioritization of requirements using the Kano model and MoSCoW technique

  • Prioritizing requirements using decision matrices

  • Techniques for weighting forced ranking

  • Using a modified Quality Function Deployment technique for requirements
    prioritization and traceability

  • Dealing with project conflict using the Crucial Conversations model

  • Understanding and managing your Style under Stress

  • Strategies to create buy-in for your project solutions

  • Course Instructor - Scott Converse:
    Scott Converse is the Director of Project Management and Process Improvement programs for the University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Business.

    Course Registration is limited to 42 participants.
Contact Info:
George Watson, Office of Quality Improvement
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