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Requirements ElicitationRequirements AnalysisSoftware RequirementsRequirements Engineering

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The Software Requirement Specification Process and Cost

Software Requirements are a vital part of the Software Development Lifecycle. While there are many ways to go about collecting and recording requirements, the cost of bad requirements is high. Here we discuss what Software Requirements Specifications are and some challenges in writing them well.

5 videos (Total 27 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
Introduction to the Specialization6m
The Software Requirement Specification Process7m
Cost of Bad Requirements3m
Getting Started- "I want THIS"3m
3 readings
Software Requirement Specification Process - Slides25m
Cost of Bad Requirements - Slides25m
Getting Started: I want THIS - Slides10m
1 practice exercise
Software Specification Process30m
2 hours to complete

Starting to Build Requirements- What does the customer want?

We need to figure out what the customer wants. And moreso- what they need! How do you develop a relationship with you customers and learn about the overall domain and potential solutions? Here you will learn about the requirements engineering process, what it entails, how to develop a relationship with your customer, and some tips to succeed early on.

2 videos (Total 11 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
2 videos
Building Requirements4m
3 readings
Introduction to Requirements Engineering - Slides30m
Building Requirements - Slides25m
Requirements Elicitation Towards the Unknown Unknowns30m
1 practice exercise
Requirements Engineering30m
2 hours to complete

Software Lifecycles

Not all requirements documents are created equally- if at all (formally). How you work with requirements partially depends on the software lifecycle used. Here we learn about the different software development lifecycles and discuss how they affect the requirements we produce.

3 videos (Total 15 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
3 videos
Different Lifecycle Models5m
Hybrid Model/Iterative Lifecycle Approaches3m
3 readings
Software Lifecycle | Lifecycle Models | Hybrid Model - Slides10m
Software Development Lifecycles- Approaches and Benefits30m
Agile Software Development- The Business of Innovation40m
1 practice exercise
Software Lifecycles30m
3 hours to complete

Goals and Models for Elicitation

To increase flexibility to change in software development, the agile lifecycle was produced. The agile process much changes how we deal with requirements. We discuss these challenges and your role as a requirements analyst. We also begin to analyze the types of statements that you want to form as you elicit data to move towards clarity.

8 videos (Total 43 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
8 videos
Lines and Cats- What we can learn8m
Who, when, why, and how?4m
Requirement Engineering Statement Types4m
Requirement Challenges3m
The Analyst - Who and What?6m
Steps to Effective Knowledge Acquisition - Identifying Stakeholders2m
Obstacles in Data Handling4m
4 readings
The Agile Model - Slides20m
Lines and Cats - Slides20m
WWWH | Requirement Engineering Statement | Requirement Challenges - Slides20m
The Analyst | Identifying Stakeholder | Obstacles - Slides20m
1 practice exercise
Goals and Models30m
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About the Requirements Engineering: Secure Software Specifications Specialization

This specialization is intended for software engineers, development and product managers, testers, QA analysts, product analysts, tech writers, and security engineers. Even if you have experience in the requirements realm, this course will expand your knowledge to include new viewpoints, development styles, techniques and tools. For anyone seeking a graduate degree, certificate, or professional degree in computer science, these courses will additionally give you a broad understanding of how requirements engineering is performed and help you get a first foot forward into your upcoming careers. The Software Requirements specialization focuses on traditional software requirements elicitation and writing techniques, while also looking at requirements from a security standpoint. In traditional methods, non-functional requirements, such as security, are often ignored overall. In this specialization, students will be introduced to ways of eliciting requirements from stakeholders, how to analyze these requirements, conduct risk mitigation and analysis, prioritize requirements, document, and bring security concerns into the software lifecycle early on....
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