Thursday, 26 February 2009

SUETr Understanding User Requirements Event

This event will take place on 11th March 2009 at UKOLN, University of Bath. Booking is now open, and a booking form is available here. A draft programme and venue details are available on the event wiki.

User requirements are a vital component when creating a repository, but they also need to be continually monitored and updated. For a successful repository, it is essential to be able to translate these evolving requirements into features and functionality so that you are building a flexible and user-friendly interface for IR users. The day is aimed at non-technical repository staff.

This event will explore the different aspects of dealing with user requirements and is aimed at non-technical staff who need to communicate with both users and technical colleagues or external partners to make their repository reflect user requirements.
- A workshop on how to capture user requirements and then communicate those requirement to technical staff
- Case studies showing how others have worked with and developed their user requirements
- A technical perspective on user requirements
- A workshop looking at requirements from the user perspective – what do you want when you are the user?

The mix of case studies and practical workshops has been popular in other events, and we hope with this topic to encourage people to develop their skills and be confident not only in talking to their user communities, but also in communicating the requirements to a technical partner, be that in-house staff of an external company.

I know this is an area that people have expressed an interest in, and bookings have started early, so I'm looking forward to an interesting and inspirational day!
(And I can personally vouch for the high quality of the cakes and biscuits at Bath, if you need an added insentive!)