PMI Silicon Valley Tools and Techniques Forum for January



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    Tools and Techniques Topic: The Requirements Process

    Event Co-Sponsor

    The Silicon Valley Chapter of PMI

    Presentation Overview

    Tools and Techniques Topic: The Requirements Process
    An effective set of requirements is essential in the process of turning a project’s vision into a finished product. Ideally, the product will add value to the business for which the project was undertaken. Yet too often, requirements are afforded a section of a document enumerating such things as “assumptions”, “constraints”, “business requirements”, “functional requirements”, etc., and the all-encompassing “feature”. The text then often goes on to describe, in great length, a solution whose needs are not well defined or understood. Requirements are not solutions.

    Requirements are statements of business needs, without implementation bias. The role of the project manager, then, is to translate the requirements into a plan to build some physical manifestation that in the real world will do what is needed. No matter what method you use to build the product, you have to build the right product. Poor requirements, like poor quality, are passed on.

    In this workshop, participants will learn about the different types of requirements, their influence on the eventual design of the product and what constitutes a good set of workable requirements, at any level of agility. They will learn techniques of eliciting and managing requirements at whatever level is appropriate to the scale in which the techniques are to be applied – they are scalable.

    The course will also discuss requirements management, quality, testability, levels of detail, business events and use cases and will offer suggestions for eliciting requirements for your projects. 

    About the Speaker Ivars Lenss, PMP

    Ivars has 30+ years software development and QA leadership experience at Fortune 500 companies, including such firms as Visa, American Express, Intuit, Bank of America, United Airlines, Continental Airlines, General Motors. He specializes in large-scale global transaction processing systems where speed and accuracy are primary concerns. He has guided the restructuring of QA operations at Visa and streamlining QA processes at Intuit. He is currently working on a book on requirements analysis, quality metrics, and ROI for both mainframe and client/server enterprises.

    Ivars is PMP certified and holds a BS degree in Mathematics from the University of Detroit. He is also a certified Scrum Master 

    Event Logistics


    11:45am to 12:00pm Registration
    12:00pm to 1:30pm Better Business Decisions


    111 W. Saint John, Suite 200
    San Jose, CA 95113



    Price-(Refreshments included; NOT lunch, please bring your own!)

    $10 for PMI & SDForum members
    $20 non-members

    *PMI members, please phone 408-414-5950 to register if you do not have the discount code.