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Requirements Development & Management
Building Requirements that Effectively Communicate and Guide

One of the most significant impacts a systems engineer can have on a project is to ensure the successful identification, analysis, allocation and management of requirements. This course provides both lecture and practical work on the creation and use of requirements in a system development.

The course begins with an overview of the purpose and use of requirements. We identify the possible sources of requirements, and how to define requirements from each type of source. We teach how to write requirements, with practical hands-on practice on each type of requirement. We also focus on the entire set of requirements, with methods to graphically analyze the requirements to ensure completeness, correctness, and cohesion. We teach requirements allocation, how to decompose high-level requirements into lower-level requirements that create meaningful practical specifications for the system components. Finally, we look at the structure and tools for requirements management, to ensure that all requirements are met and that non-required features are not created.

The proper use of requirements is one of the core tools of complex systems engineering. From beginning to end, good systems engineers use requirements as the primary definition for the system and its elements, to help the product system:

  • Meet the operational and customer needs
  • Fit within the intended system environment
  • Provide sufficient robustness and reliability
  • Offer appropriate flexibility
  • Meet the entire life cycle

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Attend this course if you are:

  • Faced with requirements challenges or program overruns
  • Designing or redesigning large systems and need better technical control.
  • Transitioning from software engineering to systems engineering.
  • Improving your systems engineering skill set.

The course is aimed at

  • Product engineers
  • Systems engineers
  • Design engineers
  • Acquisition and contracts personnel
  • Program/project managers
  • Test and logistic support leaders
  • Others who participate in defining/using requirements in system/product development

Minneapolis, MN - 18-20 Sep 18

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Course Topics

Requirements Overview – What are requirements and how do they fit in to system development? Context of system development models. Role of requirements. Importance of requirements. Requirements cycles for contracted, R&D, and commercial development.

Stakeholder Requirements – Defining the system at its highest level, in terms of the stakeholder needs. The basic steps in understanding a new system. Problem definition with the stakeholders. System boundaries and life cycle. System environment. Define the need in operational terms. What to do with the operational descriptions. Quantify the need to allow effective trade offs. Application of SysML diagrams for operational definition.

Defining Requirements – How to convert operational descriptions into technical requirements. Five types of requirements and the characteristics of each type. Create functional and performance requirements using mission analysis as an engineering technique. Interface requirements as a definition of system boundaries; how to create them. Constraint requirements on the system, its environment, and its development. Verification requirements as the basis for system proof. Requirements document types – specifications, use cases, agile, SCRUM. Formal equirements writing rules

Requirements Analysis – Methods to ensure that systems requirements are complete, coherent, and cohesive. Working with requirements interactions. Diagramming techniques to evaluate sets of requirements. Useful SysML diagrams: use case, activity, state machine diagrams. Strengths and weakness of each diagram.

Case Study – Small-group study of a virtual development project in five segments to apply the learned methods. Defining the need; Converting stakeholder requirements to technical requirements; Writing good requirements; Requirements analysis; Requirements allocation.

Requirements Allocation – Requirements as engineering tools during the system architecting and design phases. Overview of system architecture and how requirements are used to define components. Allocation methods with examples – direct allocation, apportionment, derivation. Application of allocation methods to different types of high-level requirements. Architectural design using requirements

Requirements Management – Using a requirements database to allow requirements to guide the design. Requirements management methods; when to do what tasks. Feedback to the system development so that requirements act as the guide. Ensuring the system meets all requirements and does not add unnecessary functions. The link between requirements management and system verification. Attributes of requirements management databases. Survey of requirements management tools. Simple management in Excel

Continuing Education: This course qualifies for 2.1 CEUs or 21 PDUs

Qualified Instructors for this course

Dr. Eric Honour, CSEP, INCOSE Fellow, and former INCOSE President, has been in international leadership of the engineering of systems for over 20 years, part of a 40+ year career of complex systems development and operation. His energetic and informative presentation style actively involves class participants. He was the founding Chair of the INCOSE Technical Board in 1994, and served as Director of the Systems Engineering Center of Excellence (SECOE). He was selected in 2000 for Who’s Who in Science and Technology and in 2004 as an INCOSE Founder. He is on the editorial board for Systems Engineering. He has been a successful entrepreneur, systems engineer, engineering manager, and program manager at Harris Information Systems, E-Systems Melpar, and Singer Link, preceded by nine years as a US Naval Officer flying P-3 aircraft. He has led or contributed to the development of 17 major systems.. Dr. Honour has a BSSE (Systems Engineering) from the US Naval Academy, MSEE from the Naval Postgraduate School, and PhD from the University of South Australia based on his ground-breaking work to quantify the value of systems engineering. Dr. Scott Workinger has led innovative technology development efforts in complex, risk-laden environments for 30 years in the fields of manufacturing (automotive, glass, optical fiber), engineering and construction (nuclear, pulp & paper), and information technology (expert systems, operations analysis, CAD, collaboration technology). He currently teaches courses on program management and engineering and consults on strategic management and technology issues. Scott has a B.S in Engineering Physics from Lehigh University, an M.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environment Engineering from Stanford University.
Mr. Glen Francisco (CSEP, PMP) has over 17 years of experience developing new technologies, service, products, and applications for both private and government uses. He has a personable, engaging teaching style that keeps a class alive with information. He has worked as an engineer, Lead Systems Engineer, Project Engineer and Program Manager for a number of military & commercial companies to include Boeing (McDonnell Aircraft Company), Lockheed Martin (Martin Marietta), Texas Instruments, Raytheon, ELCAN Optical and DRS Technologies. His product systems have supported security surveillance, paramilitary (fire, police & EMS), automotive and industrial markets using passive thermal imaging technologies and other wavelength illuminated electo-optical imaging laser radar technologies. He was selected in the 2006 Marquis Publication of Who’s Who in America. Glen has presented over a dozen papers at security & defense symposium. He holds multiple patents in active terminal guidance missile trajectory control and low cost plastic thermal management. He is a firefighter, emergency medic, firefighting instructor, and private pilot. He developed & introduced Thermal Imaging Cameras into the firefighting market in 2001, technology saving hundreds of lives and millions of dollars in property.  

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