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Update from the Sakai Requirements Working Group. Mark Norton Mara Hancock. The REQ-WG The Requirements Process Current Status Going Forward. Overview. Formed in Aug. of 2005 to gather inputs into the Sakai development process.

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Update from the Sakai Requirements Working Group

Mark Norton

Mara Hancock


The Requirements Process

Current Status

Going Forward


Formed in Aug. of 2005 to gather inputs into the Sakai development process.

The group has about 8 active members who meet regularly to review new inputs.

Group participation is open to anyone so please join in!

The Requirements WG

Making or using tools to suppor the requirements collection process.

Review and cluster incoming requests.

Manage the community ranking process.

Assist Chuck and Peter in engaging developers to work on priority items.


The word “requirement” includes:

Things we must have in the future based on local needs

Suggested improvements to existing tools or software

Ideas for new tools or services

It does not mean that all suggestions will be implemented.


The Requirements Process

Let’s look at the requirements part of the process more closely ….

The requirements process uses the Jira issues management system.

A form (like the one on the next slide) is used to capture your requirements information.

This approch allows Sakai to track the suggestion all the way through to implementation and bug fixing.

Register Requirements


Periodically, members of the the REQ-WG review new submissions.

Duplicates are merged.

Submissions are sorted into on of serveral categories for tracking purposes.

Bugs are forwarded to Peter for handling.

Review Submissions

Requirements Clustering

Twice a year, the group conducts a prioritization exercise open to the entire Sakai community.

This gives everyone a chance to indicate which suggestions should be worked on.

The next round of prioritization will be in Feb/Mar of 2007.

Prioritize Requirements

We’ve gone one full round of the requirements process.

Several requirements have led to important changes in Sakai, such as time release and ordering in the Resource Tool.

More work to do, but suggestions are always welcome!


The group will be improving the on-line suggestion process using work flow features in Jira.

A central collection of all requirements is being made in confluence.

The requirements process is the first step in the overall Sakai development process.

Going Forward

Questions and Discussion

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