Course Category: Business Analysis
Course Duration: 2 Days
Hours: 14 PD Hours / CDUs (Professional Development Hours / Capability Development Units)

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Course Overview

In the Advanced Level – as in the Foundation Level – Requirements Engineering principles are provided that are equally valid for any system – such as embedded systems, safety-critical systems, traditional information systems. This does not mean that the suitability of approaches
for the individual areas, accounting for their particularities, cannot be dealt with in a training course. However, it is not the goal to present specific Requirements Engineering methods of a domain.

This syllabus is not based on any specific software development approach and associated process model that makes a statement about the planning, control and sequence of application of the addressed Requirements Engineering concepts and techniques in practice. It is not intended to particularly emphasize a specific approach, neither for Requirements Engineering nor for software engineering overall.

It defines what constitutes the knowledge of Requirements Engineers, but not the exact interfaces with other disciplines and processes of software engineering.

What is International Requirements Engineering Board (IREB)?

The International Requirements Engineering Board (IREB) is the sponsor of the international certification program entitled Certified Professional for Requirements Engineering (CPRE). The board maintains the syllabus, test contents and governs the associated processes and rules.

IREB was founded in October 2006 as a legal entity based in Germany.

More information on IREB can be viewed at www.certified-re.de/en/.

Level of Detail

The level of detail of this syllabus allows internationally consistent teaching and examination. To reach this goal, the syllabus contains the following:

  • General educational objectives,
  • Contents with a description of the educational objectives and
  • References to further literature (where necessary).

Target Audience

  • The Advanced Level addresses the holders of the CPRE Foundation Level certificate, who want to deepen their knowledge in the Requirements Elicitation discipline of Requirements Engineering / Business Analysis.

Pre-Requisites

The prerequisite for taking a IREB Advanced Level module exam is having a CPRE Foundation Level certificate or a certificate in Requirements Engineering from BCS.

Who should attend

The Advanced Level Module Requirements Elicitation addresses professionals with career profiles like:

  • Requirements Engineering,
  • Business Analysis,
  • Business Engineering,
  • Organizational Design, who wish to extend their knowledge and skills in the area of requirements elicitation.

The holders of a CPRE AL certificate:

The Advanced Level Module Requirements Elicitation addresses professionals with career profiles like:

  • Requirements Engineering,
  • Business Analysis,
  • Business Engineering,
  • Organizational Design, who wish to extend their knowledge and skills in the area of requirements elicitation.

Course Syllabus

1. A framework for structuring and managing requirements elicitation and conflict resolution

1.1 The scope of elicitation and conflict resolution in Requirements Engineering

1.2 Factors relevant to the approach of planning elicitation and conflict resolution

1.3 Planning and executing requirements elicitation and conflict resolution

1.4 Process patterns

2. Requirements sources

2.1 Fundamentals of requirements sources

2.2 Identify, classify, manage stakeholders

2.2.1 Identifying and selecting stakeholders as requirements sources

2.2.2 Stakeholder relationship management

2.2.3 Documentation schema for the stakeholders involved

2.2.4 The user as a special stakeholder group

2.3 Identify, classify, manage documents

2.3.1 Identifying and selecting documents as requirements sources

2.3.2 Documentation schema for the documents

2.4 Identify, classify, manage systems

2.4.1 Identifying and selecting systems as requirements sources

2.4.2 Documentation schema for systems

3. Elicitation Techniques

3.1 Gathering techniques
3.1.1 Questioning techniques
3.1.2 Observation techniques
3.1.3 Collaboration techniques
3.1.4 Artifact-based techniques
3.2 Design and idea-generating techniques
3.2.1 Brainstorming
3.2.2 Analogy techniques
3.2.3 Prototyping
3.2.4 Scenarios and storyboards
3.3 Thinking tools
3.3.1 Thinking in abstraction levels
3.3.2 Thinking in terms of problems and goals
3.3.3 Avoidance of transformation effects
3.3.4 Thinking in terms of models
3.3.5 Mind mapping
3.4 Example for structuring elicitation techniques: attributes

4. Conflict Resolution

4.1 Conflict identification
4.2 Conflict analysis
4.3 Conflict resolution
4.4 Documentation of conflict resolution

5. Skills of the Requirements Engineer

5.1 Required skills in the areas of elicitation
5.2 Communication theory and communication models
5.3 Self-reflection on personal skills in requirements elicitation
5.4 Opportunities for personal development
5.5 Learning from previous experience

Training and Exam Duration

Training: 2 days.

The course material shall be issued on the first day of the course during registration.

Exam: 75 minutes duration

Exam Pattern

The exam to achieve the Requirements Elicitation – Practitioner certificate consists of a multiple-choice exam.
The exam is comprised of approximately 45 questions. Candidates have up to 75 minutes to complete the test and need 70% of the total available points to pass. Non-native speakers can apply for a time extension of additional 15 minutes.

Result, Certificate & Recertification

The candidate will receive the exam results and the certificates from the certifying body (MSTB, GASQ, ISQI).

The certificate remains valid for life.