Crossing the Requirements-Design Chasm

Saturday, November 2, 2002 - 9:00am
MIT Room 34-101
Steve Donelow

Gathering requirements is one of the most critical stages in the software lifecycle, although requirements gathering in the real-world is usually an unrepeatable, ad-hoc process because most formal methods are too complex, too costly, or fail to capture the right information. Here's a very common scenario: "Just tell us what you want", says the IT developer. "Just tell me what you need to know", responds the business user. This seminar will describe well-tested techniques for how to efficiently and effectively gather requirements to increase your success in developing software that meets the needs of the user.

Steve has developed practical and efficient techniques for rapidly understanding and documenting complex requirements across many industries and across user interface, data architecture, and deployment. Steve will show you the techniques that he has perfected over hundreds of consulting engagements.

You can find the PowerPoint slides from the seminar here. View the Web page for gathering information for use cases here.

Seminar in Detail: 

Effective requirement-gathering sessions

Listening and capture techniques for requirements

How to write readable Use Cases

Design and analysis tools on a budget

Modeling state

Modeling behavior

Gathering requirement for a distributed system

Capturing deployment requirements


Advanced Registration Price: $80.00 Good until Monday, 10/28/2002
Regular Price: $90.00

Steve Donelow has been an independent consultant for over 15 years helping businesses achieve high-value solutions. Steve is an expert in the architecture and design of high-performance, distributed systems.

Mike Plusch

MIT is at 77 Massachusetts Avenue, just on the north side of Memorial Drive(on the north shore of the Charles River), in Cambridge, MA.

Map showing the MIT campus. The red building is Bldg. 34; the Kendall T-Station is on Main Street off the right side of the map.

Building 34 is located on Vassar Street about half way between Main Street and Massachusetts Ave. It is a small square building turned 45 degrees to the street so it may look like a diamond, especially with a glass atrium entrance. Building 34 is set back a few yards from the street and the line of other buildings. It is between buildings 36 and 38.

Parking: Vassar Street on the other side of Mass Ave has a parking lot, a garage, and plenty of spaces on the street. MIT West Annex Lot and West Garage

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