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Requirements Engineering Education – CPRE Advanced Level examination procedure: Rainer Grau, Stefan Sturm

Abstract: Certification models are important instruments for standardization. The three level CPRE certification model addresses the discipline of requirements engineering. The Foundation Level started in 2006 is international well established. In 2011 the two Advanced Level modules “Requirements Elicitation and Consolidation” and “Requirements Modeling” have been published.

CPRE AL modules focus on the application of best practices. Consequently the examination consists of a small MC questionnaire and an intensive case study elaborated by the candidate as homework. This tutorial introduces to the procedure of the homework to give an insight into the practical part of the examination.
This session works with the attendees as following:

  • Introduction
  • Setup of working groups
  • Elaboration of a partial case study for a sample homework
  • Vernissage of results
  • Wrap-up and Q&A

Rainer Grau has been working in IT for 22 years. His career has led him from software development to software architecture and finally to exciting topics such as software processes, requirements engineering and product management.

He has been on the Management Board at Zühlke in Zurich since 2004. In addition to his job, he teaches Scrum, Lean Management, Requirements Engineering and Product Management at various universities, travels as a speaker at conferences. He acts as 2nd Chairman of the International Requirements Engineering Board IREB and founding board member of the International Software Product Management Association, ISPMA.

Rainer Grau spends the remainder of his time with his family, on racing or mountain bikes, and occasionally wind surfing, rock climbing or reading the latest novel by T.C. Boyle.

Stefan Sturm has been in the field of software and system development for 20 years, starting from basic writing source code in more than 5 programming languages and technologies including Java and Microsoft .NET. His career path covered business analyst, requirements engineer, architect, project lead to the definition of systems and development processes to create these systems.

From 1999 to 2011 Stefan was Managing Director of a SoUCon GmbH Software und Consulting located in Karlsruhe, Germany. With his team he created individual software applications for global players as well as for small companies in many different industrial sectors. Requirements Engineering and Business Analysis played a major role in these projects and are amongst his core skills.

In April 2010 he started as a project manager for the international Requirements Engineering Board (IREB) e.V., the holder of the “Certified Professional for Requirements Engineering” (CPRE) certificate. At April 1st 2011 he was appointed as Managing Director of IREB GmbH the operating company of IREB. In this position he is responsible for all the numerous activities resulting from the worldwide growing success of the CPRE certificate.

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