Building Solid Requirements: Asking for What You Want

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DevLearn 2014 Conference & Expo - October 30, 2014

Anthony Altieri

IDIoT in Chief / President
Omnes Solutions

Grant Hansen

Director, Digital Product Management
American Red Cross

I’ve often heard managers tell me that they have a course they like that meets their requirements, but it isn’t what they wanted or envisioned. I find myself asking “If it is what you asked for, but not what you wanted, why didn’t you ask for what you wanted?” This problem exists in many forms. The results can range from a disappointed client to the world losing the next great idea, all because we don’t always know how to ask for what we really want in our products.

In this session participants will discuss some of the issues that organizations have had to solve in building new content, as well as in other projects. You’ll address these issues as a series of example scenarios, working through them as a group. You will explore probing questions about what is important, how to ask questions of a vendor, and how to ferret out the details that could cause problems later on. You will leave this session able to adapt the process to build solid requirements in your future projects.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to translate what you want into a list of requirements for your vendor
  • How to evaluate what you really want
  • The difference between what you want and what you need
  • To evaluate if you really want what you think you want

Audience:
Novice and intermediate project managers, managers, and directors.

Technology discussed in this session:
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