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New Post 2/23/2010 3:55 AM
User is offline avin
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help in writing requirements 

Got this case study, given a RFP and i need to write requirements for this..can anyone help me here?i mean how to start..

OVERVIEW

XXX is seeking a qualified vendor to design and develop a website promoting the entrepreneurial opportunity and support resources in the communities that have completed our XXX program.

 SCOPE OF PROJECT

The Design Challenge

* Inspire, empower, and support entrepreneurs within the Certified Entrepreneurial Communities.

*Communicate each community’s unique personality, resources, and opportunities for entrepreneurship

*Celebrate community entrepreneur success stories

*Highlight regional quality of life available to entrepreneurs while maintaining excellent connectivity and proximity to regional and global markets; (think culture, authenticity, creative class, knowledge economy, sustainability)

*Entrepreneurs are often visionary and big-idea oriented. The site needs to reflect this but also convey success requires hard work and strong fundamental business acumen

*Successful entrepreneurs are able to make their products sticky – this site should be sticky

*It needs to be locally accessible at the same time as being globally sophisticated

*This site should be so successful in supporting and promoting entrepreneurship that it becomes recognized as a model

*Include a youth component that supports XXX promoting entrepreneurial thinking and innovation with youth in their communities (ages: high-school and college)

 

Additional Details

*The site will initially covers 14 ABC communities across WNC and will need the capability to be extended to cover entire 23-county XXX region

*Site will include an overview of the XXX program and information on how new communities can get certified

*Site must be powered by a content management system that is easy to use and enables XXX staff to maintain content

*Vendor is expected to provide copy writing for site content; XXX will provide the information necessary to generate the site copy

*Site must include site tracking software like Google Analytics

 

Primary Audience


* Entrepreneurs (internal to WNC and external) that are starting a business or seeking to grow an existing small business

* XXX community stakeholders

 

Secondary Audiences

*People looking for a good place to start a business

*Policy Makers

*Entrepreneur Support Organizations

*Large Industry

*Investment Communities

 

Desired Actions

*Visitor learns about entrepreneur support resources (to be measured via visitor click through patterns)

*Contact a community’s designated contact person

 

 

 

 

Possible Features (we want to hear your ideas as well!)

*Community pages: each community being able to communicate its personality and the type of entrepreneur opportunities want to promote; their local resources; contact information; link to their own websites if applicable

*Entrepreneur spotlights: rotating between all spotlights the top level; limited to specific communities at the community level; each spotlight to be linked to an entrepreneur

*Expandable entrepreneur resource guide that details the various support organizations and programs available to entrepreneurs in XXX communities

*Integration with major regional entrepreneurial event calendars (Blue Ridge Entrepreneurial Council, Mountain BizWorks, etc)


 

 Thanks a lot in advance

 
New Post 3/9/2010 2:49 AM
Online now... Adrian M.
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Re: help in writing requirements 

I'm hoping that you already have business analysis experience and that this is not your first project.  The charter you outlined above is a good vision document however it's still rough with many subjective "requirements".

For example, what does it mean for the site to be sticky?  How would you test that?

As a matter of fact, it looks more like a vision than a project charter.

As you begin to gather requirements, you need to ensure that you document quality requirements which are clear and testable.

Here are some thoughts which might help:

What are the characteristics of a good requirement?

What are the four fundamental methods of requirement verification?

You should also do an internet search for content management systems and social networking software.  You will find many of the types of features you outlined above.

- Adrian


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New Post 3/14/2010 3:24 AM
User is offline Craig Brown
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Re: help in writing requirements 

 Something that frustrates me is a proposal that is vague about what will be delivered.  As a technology vendor you can only go so far. (Or are you more than that?  Will you gow the site community also?)

Use the SMART principle to break down what you are going to provide (and for how much.)  Be as specific and certain as you can be about a solution that you will provide.

Maybe I am alone in the world on this but don't go in with a month long analysis and requirements definition phase.  Instead invest some time into interviewing your client now and pitch an affordable and appropriate proposal that is clear about what they will get.

 

 
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