The aim of requirements analysis is for contractor and contracting body to achieve a common understanding of the project at hand. Often, the complexity of the material to be worked on is such that the contracting body cannot formalise his aims in a concrete catalogue of requirements. So-called "organisational blindess" - or lack of objectivity in identifying the deficiencies of one's own organisation - often plays a role here, leading firms to omit elementary functionalities when formulating their desired outcomes.
We have the advantage, as "outsiders", of being able to apply an objective and systematic approach. This enables us to work effectively with customers to highlight, detail and formalise problem areas. We scrutinise current practices and processes prior to project implementation and assist our customers in compiling strategies for process optimisation. We hold open and honest discussions with our customers, taking care to ensure that all of a firm's old and disadvantageous habits are revised. Our requirements workshops facilitate the development of a shared understanding of problem areas and the knock-on effects of these on other processes or components.
Our work with the University of Bonn is one of a number of past examples demonstrating the usefulness of requirements analysis. Following a series of successful requirements workshops, we drew up the concept for their website relaunch, which served as the basis of an official announcement.
The University of Bonn migrated its central website, including branches thereof devoted to its institutes, to Zope/Plone.
Andreas Jung provided the University of Bonn with competent and highly efficient advice regarding the conceptual redesign of their website. He consolidated the requirements of the University's institutes and used the results to develop a concept for building modular institute websites.