Requirements workshops are focused sessions that bring key cross-functional stakeholders together to define requirements. Workshops are considered a primary technique for quickly defining cross-functional requirements and reconciling stakeholder differences. Because of their interactive group nature, well-facilitated sessions can build trust, foster relationships and consensus, and improve communication among the participants. Another benefit of this technique is that issues can be discovered, and resolved more quickly than in individual sessions.
For example, facilitated workshops called Joint Application Development (or Design) (JAD) sessions are used in the software development industry. These facilitated sessions focus on bringing users and the development team together to improve the software development process. In the manufacturing industry, Quality Function Deployment (QFD) is an example of another facilitated workshop technique that helps determine critical characteristics for new product development. QFD starts by collecting customer needs (called "voice of the customer") and then objectively sorts, prioritizes, and sets goals for those needs.
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