Creating Functional Specifications for Projects

Objective: To dramatically improve the ability of participants to accurately identify needs, and to develop documentation and process that will lead to a successful project completion. Completion of this program earns 14 PDU Credits.

Target Audience: Users, liaisons, and technicians whose responsibilities include specifying or developing enhancements of existing programs or new systems. Also business analysts who interact with technical development personnel. A mix of technical levels in class is encouraged.

Data Models
Process Models
Survey a Business System
Defining User Requirements
Characteristics of High Quality Systems
Bridging the “Communications Gap”

Program Details:

Concepts of Total Systems Development
Traditional vs. Phased Development
Business Driving Technology
The Capability Maturity Model
Customer Involvement
Analyst Responsibility

The Business Survey of a System
Objectives of Analysis
Tools and Techniques for Data Gathering
Creating the Model of Business Requirements
Problem Solving Approaches
Defining User Requirements and Specifications
Business Details
Functional Requirements Elements
Economic, Operational and Technical Feasibilities
Turning Requirements into Specifications
Output Reports and Screens that fit the Business
The Walk through / Inspection Process

Data Flow Diagrams
Parts of the Data Flow
The Rules

Entity Relationship Diagrams
Why do it? What is it?
Definitions of Entity, Relationship, and Cardinality
Different Methodologies
Putting it altogether

Data Dictionary
Reasons to Capture the Data
Types of Information

Risk Assessment and Threat Analysis
Types of Threats
Safeguards and Controls
Contingency Planning

The Feasibilities
Technological Feasibility
Operational Feasibility
Economic Feasibility

Program Length: Two Days

Professional Skills are the KEY to the Effective Application of Technology to the Business Process.

Contact Sandy Gaston at or 404-255-0096 for information, scheduling, and fees.