Requirement specification

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​COWI's IT management consultants and enterprise architects are experts in preparing pre-analyses which focus on the preconditions, stakeholders, costs and advantages of new IT systems.

​Pre-analyses help provide decision-makers with the best possible basis for making decisions. Business cases and realisation of gains are key elements, and COWI's wide experience in these fields also include use of the Danish State's business case model, including risk assessments by the Danish Council for IT Projects.

Coherent approach to requirement specification

Based on the pre-analysis, we set up a clear requirement specification, which describes functional and tehcnical user requirements among other things. COWI has vast experience in drafting requirement specifications that can be used directly as the basis for tendering IT systems. COWI also provides consultancy on relevant standards (national and international) during the specification phase.

By applying best-practice frameworks such as EA3, OIO and TOGAF, our enterprise architects ensure that a connecting thread runs through strategy, business and technology, based on as-is and to-be scenarios. This facilitates the optimal transition towards a system (or system portfolio) that considers the needs of the entire organisation.

Analysis of business processes

The analysis of business processes is strengthened by means of analysis/design workshops and seminars with relevant stakeholders, and COWI's consultants possess solid competences in processes and methods within this field. If relevant, conceptual and data models are also touched upon and all relevant stakeholders are involved.

Efficient project management

Efficient project management is an important foundation for a successful pre-analysis and requirement specification. To this end, COWI applies PRINCE2 supplemented by management products from COWI's internal project model, if relevant. COWI also has vast experience with using the Danish cross-governmental IT project model, e.g. for preparing project initiation documents (PID) and related management products.

Risk management

As an integrated part of COWI's consultancy services, risk management is based on COWI's ISO 9001-certified quality management system, which all COWI employees operate within. Risk management entails identifying risk elements, assessing and prioritising these, and carrying out necessary activities to minimise or eliminate risks. We also use recognised best practices and well specified criteria for initiation and completion of activities in order to ensure high-quality execution. The department's quality manager also monitors all projects and carries out regular project audits.

LAST UPDATED: 27.01.2017