TOGAF encourages the use of a requirements repository.
We don’t have one. So I need to build one. Somehow.
The initial reaction the business analysts had when I asked what format they use for requirements and told them of my plans to consolidate them into a searchable library was….
“Why would you do that?”
- Our functional needs haven’t changed for decades.
- The general functionality of the tools we use haven’t changed since the advent of the internet.
- I don’t feel like re-creating the wheel with each upgrade or re-evaluation of the toolkit
- Requirements for some of these tools can help other groups since, if we think about it, the tools we use for “learning” perform many of the same functions as the tools we use for “working.”
Below is the way we are (still) thinking about the ecosystem.
No matter what happens – people still need to access stuff, people need stuff to access and people will want proof that they completed the stuff.
So what are the requirements we need to collect?
Well – what do you have lying around the office?
Chances are, you (as a Learning and Development team) have the following:
- LMS requirements (example from University of Central Florida)
- Webinar tool requirements (Top Ten Reviews – scroll down to see the requirements list and comparisons)
- Classroom technology requirements
- The examples below cover the physical infrastructure of the classroom. If you have designated training rooms, these are part of your Learning Ecosystem. The individual pieces (projectors, microphones and speakers, Smart Boards, clickers etc) should have their own requirements section or list.
- Virginia Tech – Design Standards.
- Penn State – Classroom design and construction minimums – pay close attention to Section 27 – Communications
- “I need an online tutorial covering X topic” requirements
- Find the Needs Assessment / Intake of all of your old projects that required an online tutorial.
- Don’t have online tutorials in your environment and need to start from scratch? Look at the Needs Assessment / Intake of all of your old Instructional Design projects…..
- Development tool requirements (Upside Learning has a nice tool comparison discussion and grid)
I’m sure you have more.
Don’t have these lying around at all?
The next few posts, I’ll show you my process for documenting this stuff.
Meanwhile – enjoy your scavenger hunt.