Need Statement Development Workshop


This workshop provides groups from within the Australian Defence Organisation, other government agencies and industry with an opportunity to understand the practical application of the systems engineering process as it maps to the development of a need statement or needs hierarchy, articulating the capability gap and the determination of applicable trade studies. Attendees will focus on a series of design exercises that apply knowledge of systems engineering processes and management to the development of a real-life need statement. The exercises are conducted as a combination of tutorials and activities that step through relevant activities. 

Who Should Attend

Course Outline

Presenter Background

Dates & Registration

Duration: 1 - 5 days

Pricing: This course is priced for groups up to 20 pax per day.


Advertised: Not Available

In-house: All states and neighbouring countries, contact the  for more information. Recommended for groups of 10 or more.

What you will receive:

  • Comprehensive course notes
  • UNSW Canberra certificate of completion/attendance*

In-house delivery: Contact the  for more information. Recommended for groups of 10 or more.

Affiliated course: Introduction to Capability Development (3 days)

*pending final results




Any group responsible for the development of a need statement.





Brief revision of capability systems, systems engineering, and the role of requirements engineering to the development of a need statement.

Conceptual Design

Conduct business or mission analysis  | Define business management and business operations needs | Define stakeholder needs | Identify trade studies  | Conceptual Design tutorial

Writing and Reviewing Requirements within the Need Statement

Guidelines for good requirements | Standard requirements templates or boilerplates | Requirements language | Removing ambiguity | Guide for writing requirements | Requirements review tutorial

Requirements Engineering Exercises

The exercises provide participants with practice in the development of a need statement. These exercises are focused on the activities required to get from identification of the problem (capability gap), through mission analysis and the development of early business needs. 



Mike Ryan


Dr Mike Ryan holds BE, MEngSc and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of New South Wales. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust), a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) in electrical and ITEE colleges, a Senior Member of IEEE (SMIEEE), a Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), and a Member of the Australian Institute of Management (AIMM). Since 1981, he has held a number of positions in communications and systems engineering and in management and project management. Since 1998, he has been with the School of Engineering and Information Technology, University of New South Wales, Canberra where he is currently the Director of the Capability Systems Centre. His research and teaching interests are in communications and information systems, requirements engineering, systems engineering, and project management. He is the Editor-in-Chief of an international journal, and is the Chair of the Requirements Working Group of INCOSE. He is the author or co-author of twelve books, three book chapters, and over 180 technical papers and reports.