Beginning Requirements Capture

Requirements gathering and analysis is a major component of Phase 1 of the UKRISS project. Face-to-face interviews will be the default methodology, with telephone interviews as a standby option. This methodology is chosen in preference to others, such as a self-completion survey, to enable us to tailor interviews from a predefined long-list of perspective led questions (which will be published later in the project) to fit the roles and responsibilities of interviewees.

These questions have been cross-correlated with interviewee roles to build up a profile of role-led requirements. The interviewee responses will be analysed and coded against different types of functional and non-functional requirements to aid analysis. Functional requirements will include any technical aspects that determine the potential scope and functionality for a national shared service or harmonised reporting standards. Non-functional requirements will take into account the needs of end users and key stakeholders, as well as business requirements.

We are beginning the interviews this week with the members of the UKRISS Steering Board, who themselves can provide a broad range of perspectives from across UK research information landscape – see previous blog post for details. After this first tranche of interviews, the UKRISS project team will be reviewing initial results, and then heading out to conduct further interviews with a subset of UK universities of different size and research focus, other relevant funders and umbrella organisations, related JISC-funded projects, and those involved in developing and deploying research information management systems in the UK and overseas.

The highlight areas the interviews will be covering are:

  1. Understanding the organisation’s current status and/or plans for collection, management and reporting of research information
  2. Understand the drivers (strategic, economic, etc) and rationale for the organisation’s plans
  3. Identify any identify unmet needs or barriers/inefficiencies that might be removed e.g. through harmonisation
  4. Identify any opportunities or gaps where UKRISS could add tangible value
  5. Identify what UKRISS should not do
  6. Identify any key stakeholders who we should approach for the next tranche of interviews
  7. Identify any further documentation that would be helpful to developing the requirements for the next phase

We will add or remove other high level topics depending on the specific stakeholder group as the interviews progress.

If you feel you are a stakeholder in this project and are interested in contributing to the project via interview let us know either by commenting on this post or by contacting Dr Allan Sudlow on the contacts page.

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