Using Requirements Management to bring life to stalled IT project
What benefits did we deliver?
- By applying a range of requirements management and architecture techniques to the requirements, we identified and resolved the underlying issues in the system design and the requirements, reducing their number from 600 to 430. In only six weeks, we were able to deliver a comprehensive set of architecture views, together with a clear, concise set of validated system requirements suitable for use in an ITT.
- Communications between the subject matter experts and business stakeholders were also improved, with greater understanding on each side, and renewed confidence to move the project forward.
What is the challenge?
A major Government Department has an IT system which has become technically obsolete, and is becoming more difficult and expensive to maintain. Having recognised the need to replace the system, a set of 600 requirements was drafted by various people over the course of three years; however, when these were passed to potential suppliers, it quickly became apparent that they were not fit for purpose. Stakeholder communications broke down, and progress on the project stalled.
What is our solution?
BMT Hi-Q Sigma was selected by Bluelightworks (BLW) to provide a Requirements Definition and Validation Service to the Department. BLW is an innovative, pre-competed, access to Industry, framework capability that provides unbiased, objective advice supporting transformational change initiatives to the emergency services; particularly those enabled by ICT.
Our approach involved reviewing and refactoring the requirements, and modelling the system using the MODAF framework. Further system issues identified as a result of the architectural analysis were addressed, and the requirements updated accordingly. Workshops and meetings were held to ensure that the wishes of all stakeholder and user communities were incorporated within the system requirements. The requirements were then structured by numbering and grouping them by theme, to prepare them for assignment to procurement ‘towers’, and given a priority, to assist with future scoring schemes.