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Requirements by Collaboration: Workshops for Defining Needs by Ellen Gottesdiener

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4. Purpose: Sharing a Common Goal

“It is not enough to just do your best or work hard. You must know what to work on.”W. Edwards Deming

A workshop’s purpose defines why it is being held. Having an agreed-upon workshop purpose is essential for you to begin designing your workshop. A concise statement of purpose is the starting point for defining the other elements: who, how, what, where, and when. You might think that the purpose of your workshop is obvious, but often it isn’t. By asking questions of stakeholders, you often discover that the initial workshop purpose needs to be rethought.

Purpose: Sharing a Common Goal

A purpose statement serves the facilitator in planning ...

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