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Requirements Engineering Conference Is Just Around The Corner

Its being held in Sydney Australia September 27th- October 1st 2010.If you are attending this conference don’t miss out on the  Requirements Engineering Education and Training Workshop that is taking place September 28th.

Do you want to broaden your skills? Learn new techniques?  This is the workshop for you.

This workshop will address issues related to Requirements Engineering education, both as part of a formal university degree and as ongoing skills training within the workplace. The workshop is intended to go much deeper than a surface discussion of curriculum issues and will examine specific ideas and techniques for teaching and assessing skills needed by an effective requirements engineer.

Curriculum design

  • Curriculum for undergraduate and graduate level RE studies
  • Mapping RE elements from the SWEBOK (Software Engineering Body Of Knowledge) to RE curricula
  • Identifying and incorporating specific RE related topics into the general curriculum and/or software engineering courses
  • Curriculum for industrial training programs

Techniques for teaching specific RE related skills

  • Creative methods for teaching stakeholder identification, requirements elicitation, negotiation and consensus building, requirements writing, and other critical RE skills
  • Specific tools, exercises, and assignments developed to support RE skills training

Assessment methods and practices of RE knowledge and skills

  • Which assessment method to use: exam, test, case study, essay, report, presentation, or something else?
  • Strategies for assessment of learning soft skills
  • What should students be able to do as a result of learning RE?
  • Methods of objectively measuring assessments

Effective pedagogical methods for teaching RE skills

  • Survey results related to topics such as the effectiveness of teaching methods, RE skills needed to be effective in industry, skill mismatches between graduating students and industry needs etc.
  • Studies into the effectiveness of requirements engineering educational practices
  • Experience reports including industrial training and university level curriculum

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This entry was published on Sep 06, 2010 / Seilevel. Posted in Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA) , Requirements Management and Communication (BABOK KA), Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
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COMMENTS posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 9:27 AM
I'm looking for programs like this in the US - any suggestions?
Seilevel posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 8:58 PM
Not really anything like this-yet. Best but are some of the BA World shows that are coming up. We will be at the Boston, Vancouver and Las Vegas shows.
Marc Thibault posted on Thursday, October 7, 2010 9:22 PM
Requirements Engineering?! Chuckle.

"Engineering" applied to programming is just sad. Applied to requirements, to quote Dr. Pauli, it's not even wrong.

Requirements are negotiated. Where's the engineering in that?

Are we getting the what and the how confused?
Marc Thibault
Joy Beatty posted on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 6:26 PM
Having spent a lot of time at IEEE's Requirements Engineering conferences over the last 5 years, I would suggest that engineering as applied to requirements is about methods, techniques, and languages to better elicit, document, and analyze requirements. Along with your point, there are techniques to negotiate properly and prioritize the correct requirements - that's absolutely a part of engineering.

To your other point, I think the line between design and requirements is very thin - one person's requirement is another's design.
Joy Beatty
Joy Beatty posted on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 6:29 PM
For the question about US related programs - in 2012, this workshop will be held in the US in Chicago.

Not as much related to training and education on requirements but rather things related to requirements in general:
Next year, INCOSE holds a program on systems engineering in Denver in June 2011.
And as mentioned above, there are BA World programs all over the US and Canada in the next few months - Boston and Vancouver are in October, Vegas is in November.
Refsq - this is a workshop on requirements engineering concepts, where training will be touched upon I'm sure - I believe it's in Germany in March if you happen to be there!
Joy Beatty
Marc Thibault posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 9:15 AM
By that definition, every art and every craft is engineering.

You're using "engineering" not as a term of art but in its street sense of "make something happen." I guess we're all engineers.

Real engineers _use_ arts and crafts to do their job. They also employ having breakfast as a technique to ensure they'll have the energy to do their job. Is making breakfast engineering?
Marc Thibault
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